Good morning. Stephen Hawking uttered his scariest prediction of humanity’s fate yet: we have just 100 years to colonize a new planet, or we will face extinction. In November, Hawking gave humanity a comparatively modest 1,000 years; his latest prediction, which was revealed in the new BBC documentary Stephen Hawking: Expedition New Earth, comes from Hawking’s increasingly cynical views on nuclear war, global warming, genetically engineered viruses, A.I., rampant population growth and even “overdue asteroid strikes.” Who shit in your cereal, Mr. Hawking?

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Lauren Greenfield: Generation Wealth

For past 25 years, acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield has been neck-deep in an investigation of humanity’s obsession with wealth, spanning multiple continents and generations. Generation Wealth is the culmination of her investigation, presenting a harsh look at rampant materialism’s corrosive effect on modern society.

The Light Phone

The New York Times recently argued that we have an “intimate relationship” with our phones, much like a best friend or soulmate. For many people, that’s becoming an increasingly serious problem; when we love our phones too much, we pay less attention to the things that truly matter. The Light Phone is an elegant solution to our undying attachment to our devices. Paired with your smartphone, it acts as a second phone, capable only of making and receiving calls. There are only two buttons: one lock slider, one power. Inlaid over the matte white or matte black surface is an OLED display, and the included SIM card, which costs $5 per month, stores up to nine speed-dial contacts.

Cooperative of Photography SD Card Holder Wallet

For the photographer who’s constantly on the move (that’s most photographers), an Italian leather bifold, with enough space for four SD cards and a stack of credit cards.

Fender Mustang GT Wireless Bluetooth Amps

Musical mainstay Fender officially has the most advanced amplifier technology on the market. The Mustang GT — which is available in 40-, 100- or 200-watt sizes for home, studio or stage — is the first fully wi-fi- and Bluetooth-compatible guitar amplifier. That means you can stream music through it, program the amp settings wirelessly and access Fender’s new (and massive) catalog of digital presets through the Fender Tone app. The musical possibilities are basically endless.
Dan Whalen, Editorial Intern

Frost River Heritage Black Summit Expedition Pack

Handmade in Duluth, Minnesota, this rugged canvas backpack is nearly identical to the kind worn by wilderness adventurers centuries ago, as seen in the buckle-closure lid, drawstring main compartment, large side pockets, leather details and more.

Lioe Design Stealth Pen

A futuristic, elevated EDC piece made of just four lightweight components. The aluminum body features a unique slotted design, revealing the ink cartridge and further cutting weight, while the wide shape provides a more secure hand-feel.

Matador Beast28 Packable Technical Backpack

From the Gear Patrol Store: The most capable packable backpack ever. Rugged, technical pack that packs away for travel. The Beast28 is the first packable pack of its kind, offering all the features needed for covering serious ground. Perfect for far-flung adventures and destination hiking. Ultra-light design and 28-liter capacity holds enough gear for day hikes and short overnight treks. Packs up into included compression bag for space-saving travel. Coated ripstop nylon is water resistant and strikes the perfect balance between structure and packability.

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