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Artificial Intelligence Society Future

Why AI is not as bad as you think

With the public release of ChatGPT, AI has caused a lot of excitement as well as a lot of fear. The concern is that AI will take over the world and supplant humans in a variety of jobs. These worries are generally baseless and they ignore the numerous ways that AI might genuinely help humans. […]

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Policy Future Science

Normalizing climate change

As we approach the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly referred to as COP27, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt in mid November, there is a lot of coverage about climate change. Most of the reporting has basically come to accept that we will live in a hotter world and that is… okay? This normalization […]

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Business Economics

What the future looks like

A couple years ago I wrote that the future looked positive. Turns out, it did, but not for very long. There were significant improvements in many areas. Unfortunately, inflation has tempered the benefits and now looks to be the reason (excuse?) to slam doors closed. I took the stance that inflation was transitory. I thought […]

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Policy & Economics Politics Society

Lest we forget the horrors

I love data visualizations. I was playing around in R and wanted to create a streamgraph but didn’t really have any data that would lend itself to that type of visualization. Then I came across an article at McSweeney’s and decided to use that. Typically I try to stay away from political topics here, but […]

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Policy & Economics Politics Opinion

Envisioning a COVID-19 Recovery

Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic might seem far off, but be we have to start thinking about it now. The pandemic has upended every facet of life for people around the world and in the US. The US government passed a $2.2 trillion CARES Act to help individuals and businesses weather the immediate impacts of […]