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This post is part of a series from students in the Master of Arts in Social Design program at Maryland Institute College of Art, which focuses on how design can reimagine solutions to world challenges. Over eight weeks, MASD students will each share part of their personal thesis journey. Follow the series at good.is/MASD.\n

"Before we start, I want you to promise me something," Lee said, his eyes serious.

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Driverless Transport Pods Finally Starting to Catch On

Small, driverless pods that take us directly to our destinations? Personal Rapid Transit is a reality in England, Sweden, and soon, South Korea.

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The age of Personal Rapid Transit has gotten off to an uneven start. There was quite a bit of excitement that PRTs—small, driverless pods that take passengers directly to their destination without stops—would be the dominant mode of transportation in the United Arab Emirates’ futuristic Masdar City, but that plan ultimately got scaled back in a big way. There hasn’t been much progress since then, but for a small PRT system opening at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Is the U.S. at Risk of Having Too Many College Graduates?

South Korea has so many college grads for so few jobs that the president is discouraging students from seeking higher education.


In his speech late last month announcing plans to fast-track student loan reform, President Obama said that America's prosperity depends on boosting the number of college graduates by the year 2020. But South Korea, a country that’s long been touted as a shining example of education success, shows that there is a real danger in having too many college graduates. About 82 percent of South Korean high school grads head to college, but there aren’t enough jobs that require a degree or pay enough to justify the expense. So South Korean president Lee Myung-bak is attempting to discourage students from going to college.

According to The Economist, Myung-bak believes "reckless entrance into college is bringing huge losses to families and the country alike." The glut of graduates is so severe that the majority of degree holders can't find decent jobs. Just like in the United States, South Korean students are told that if they graduate from college, they're assured of a bright future and high-paying job. Then, like too many grads here, they find themselves unemployed.

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The Simpsons on Banksy Opening: "95 Percent of It Is Just the Way He Wanted"

An update on how the show retained the elusive artist and how they slipped such eviscerating jokes past Fox execs.

Last night's Banksy-directed "couch gag" that opened The Simpsons has been making waves on the internet today—not just because it was Banksy, but because the show basically eviscerated its own brand in the span of a few minutes. If you haven't seen it yet, take a moment (and then another moment to cry for all the overworked pandas and unicorns of the world).

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