Ahead of the Curve: Living With Geoengineering – Part 2
Last week we looked at the all-but-hopeless prospects for cutting greenhouse gas emissions massively enough, and quickly enough, to avert a climate catastrophe that’s looming more imminently than most people realize. New data point: voters... Read More
Ahead of the Curve: Living With Geoengineering – Part 1
There was more doom and gloom in climate change news last month. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report saying that our current course will produce catastrophic results across the planet, including... Read More
Ahead of the Curve: Are We Ready for Self-Driving Cars?
Embarrassing admission: the Luddite wing of my consciousness was shocked and dismayed when I first noticed that self-driving cars were becoming a “thing.” For example, when I learned that General Motors alone is devoting $5... Read More
Ahead of the Curve: Who Owns AI?
The business consulting firm McKinsey & Company just released a sobering new report entitled “Modeling the Impact of AI on the World Economy,” projecting the economic dislocations over the next few years that are likely... Read More
Ahead of the Curve: AI Regulation Needs Some Help
Government oversight of the explosive growth of artificial intelligence (AI) is essentially nil. Into the breach have stepped a growing number of AI engineers and executives who have taken it upon themselves to do some... Read More
Ahead of the Curve: Food Fight
If you’re not interested in eating, you can skip this article and move on to the next. The technology underlying what we eat has changed enormously over the past century, from frozen food to fast... Read More
Ahead of the Curve: A World without Cash?
My wife and I picked a bad time for our trip to India. In November 2016, right before we departed, India’s government had a brilliant idea: jumpstart a drive to push Indians away from the... Read More