Of Interest

  • Even the intellectual left is drawn to conspiracy theories about the right. Resist them.

    Author(s): 
    Henry Farrell
    Publication Date: 
    July 14, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing
    It’s always hard in politics for people to take their opponents’ views seriously, but it has become ever harder in Trump’s America. People are more engaged with politics, but only because they want to beat the other side, not understand it. This means scholars have a greater responsibility than ever to help ordinary citizens understand how the people with whom they disagree think, and what their political opponents are actually doing.
     
  • Autonomous Navigation: How To Drive Neighborhoods Crazy

    Author(s): 
    Patrick Lin
    Publication Date: 
    July 12, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    In the first of this two-article series, we saw how augmented reality (AR) is causing friction between individual liberty and public interest.  AR appmakers are being required by some parks to obtain a permit before they can “put” virtual objects in those public spaces, given the sudden crowds the apps can cause.

    This article looks at the same core dilemma with another technology: automated driving.

  • Most of what you think you know about human reasoning is wrong. Here’s why.

    Author(s): 
    Henry Farrell
    Publication Date: 
    July 12, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber are the authors of “The Enigma of Reason,” a new book from Harvard University Press. Their arguments about human reasoning have potentially profound implications for how we understand the ways human beings think and argue, and for the social sciences. I interviewed Mercier about the book.

  • Will Massive Net-Neutrality Protest Change the FCC’s Mind?

    Date published: 
    July 12, 2017

    "But Barbara van Schewick, a law professor and net-neutrality expert at Stanford University, believes that the FCC's independence has its limits. "Chairman Pai is up for re-nomination," she said, adding that Republican lawmakers were "burnt really badly'' by their repeal of the commission's impending internet-privacy rules earlier this year. "I think that has demonstrated to a lot of members that these are issues that their constituents care about passionately.""

  • The Neutral Zone: The Future of Net Neutrality

    "Veronica B.: Look at it this way. Imagine Amazon started a larva farm too, and they could pay for faster internet speeds, get on an internet fast lane, and advertise to their customers in a way that Patrick or any startup bug business couldn’t. See the problem? Okay, the edible bug-growing business might not be a priority for Amazon at the moment, but did you think Amazon would ever buy a grocery chain until they bought wholefoods? 10 years ago, did you think Google would get into self-driving cars?

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