The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Techno-Savvy About AI

March 06, 2018

Without control, could AI become the mother of all weapons of mass destruction? In a fascinating article for The Guardian about the emerging revolt against technology, Jamie Bartlett cites the notorious Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, who “predicted super-intelligent machines dictating society, the...

The Ideology That Unites Trump and the Authoritarians He Admires

February 23, 2018

It’s about propping up “besieged majorities” in multiethnic countries. Washington and New Delhi are having a mutual lovefest these days. Donald Trump is popular in India — where only 17% of the population considers the president “intolerant,” compared to a global average of 65% —...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Reading” and AI

January 18, 2018

Can computers understand whether comprehension comprehends understanding? The Financial Times announces a milestone in the history of education in particular and humanity in general. After triumphing over grandmasters in chess and expert players of Go, artificial intelligence (AI) now...

Donald Trump: A Confusion of Truths

May 28, 2017

Donald Trump is in the process of ridiculing the enlightenment, seemingly immune to the charges of “prove it.” For most of us, the scientific method was our mother’s milk. What had begun with Isaac Newton and his contemporaries had come to imbue much of our national fabric until “prove...

A Nation Made by War and a Citizenry Unmade By It

April 23, 2017

From its founding, the United States has been a nation made by wars. On successive days recently, I saw two museum shows that caught something of a lost American world and seemed eerily relevant in the age of Donald Trump. The first, “Hippie Modernism,” an exploration of the counterculture...

Students Unite in Chile

February 28, 2017

The Confederation of Chilean Students is uniting young people across Chile to protest against the educational system. In 2016, Chile’s capital Santiago saw peaceful student protests erupt into violent demonstrations. Marta Matamala, who organized the Confederation of Chilean Students...