In recent years, New Yorkers, like people all over the world, have faced the realities of human-made climate change: extreme storms, rising sea levels, summer heat waves, massive winter nor’easters, and a $20 billion plan to reduce future flooding. Last year, the United States as a whole experienced the highest losses from climate disasters, an [...]

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Published in Financial Times. Letters to the Editor Despite the pleading by Gerson Zweifach, group general counsel of 21st Century Fox, UK regulators would be ill-advised to agree to Fox’s bid for Sky News (“Fox’s bid for Sky deserves a swift and fair decision,” April 17). Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has had several notorious brushes [...]

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Oil seems to make politicians lose their bearings. The get-rich-quick mentality or too-much-to-lose thinking is very hard to overcome. Thus, two of Canada’s most progressive leaders, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, have both doubled down recently on Alberta oil sands and the pipelines to carry them to world markets. Whether Kinder [...]

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The EU has taken the lead in responding to abuse by the likes of Facebook, thanks to its new privacy standards and proposed greater taxation of peddlers of online personal data. Yet more is needed and feasible. Read the full article on Project Syndicate.    

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The Millennium Village Project (MVP) was initiated in 2005 as a means to implement the recommendations of the UN Millennium Project at a local scale in rural Africa. The main conclusion of the UN Millennium Project was that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) could be achieved if the high-income donor nations increased their official development [...]

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(CNN) The federal government’s top ethics official has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to take “appropriate actions to address any violations” rising from the behavior of the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt.  Read the full article on CNN.

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Computational technologies have provided many tools and opportunities to increase people’s sense of empowerment, and their personal ability to shape their lives. At the same time, these technologies can significantly disrupt the workforce, thereby reducing people’s options and ability to live their lives as they wish. This session will focus on the impacts, opportunities of computational technologies for people’s agency and empowerment, as well as the ways in which these technologies are beginning to exhibit their own agency.

Featuring:

Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor of Robotics, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Director, CREATE Lab

Zachary Wojtowicz, Doctoral student, Social & Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

Bill O’Driscoll, Arts & Culture Reporter, 90.5 WESA News

Chad Jenkins, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Robotics Institute, University of Michigan

Wendell Wallach, Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center, Chair, Technology and Ethics Studies, Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Molly Wright Steenson, Associate Professor, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor, Columbia University

David Danks, L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology and Head of Philosophy Department, Carnegie Mellon University

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Italy – which stands at the border between Europe’s prosperous north and crisis-ridden south, and between an open Europe and one seized by atavistic nationalism – will play a pivotal role in determining whether the EU survives long enough to reform itself. The coalition government that emerges will prove crucial. Read the full article on Project [...]

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Published in The Boston Globe. President Trump recently suggested that the United States should come out of Syria “very soon.” Leading voices of the foreign policy establishment — in the Pentagon, State Department, Congress, and the media — pushed back, calling for the United States to stay in Syria. Trump quickly acquiesced. Trump was right (yes, a [...]

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