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Gregory E. Kaebnick
The U.S. Department of Defense is ramping up the militarization of Guam. If we hope to withstand the forces of predatory global capitalism, we need to begin articulating alternatives.
Recent efforts to commemorate Laura Bassi—a pioneering physicist in eighteenth-century Italy—often say more about us than the world of women in science.
AI can be used to increase human productivity, create jobs and shared prosperity, and protect and bolster democratic freedoms—but only if we modify our approach.
Studying the social world requires more than deference to data. In some cases, it may even require that we reject findings—no matter the prestige or sophistication of the technical apparatus on which they are built.
In a new book of lyric essays, poet Cole Swensen answers a call issued by theorists Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel: to reimagine the globe in terms of the fragile surface ecosystems that support all life.
Our new book offers a deeper understanding of the current challenges of AI and a rich, constructive, morally urgent vision for redirecting its course.
Deborah Chasman, Joshua Cohen
Exploring work, democracy, and justice in the age of automation, Daron Acemoglu and other contributors sketch an urgent vision for redirecting the course of technological change for good. Preorder our Spring 2021 book now.
As more and more doctors awaken to the political determinants of health, the U.S. medical profession needs a deeper vision for the ethical meanings of care.
Philosopher Karl Popper famously asked how to tell the two apart. His answer—falsifiability—hasn’t aged well, but the effort lives on.
Michael D. Gordin
Colorblind solutions have failed to achieve racial equity in health care. We need both federal reparations and real institutional accountability.
Bram Wispelwey, Michelle Morse
On life in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan—one of the most polluted cities in the world.
Erica X Eisen
Can today’s crises inspire action at the scales required to think about planetary sustainability?
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