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Could Computers Get Too Smart? Edward Tenner 02/07/2014
Some scientists and philosophers worry that artificial intelligence may someday make humanity superfluous.
Sweden’s Swing toward a Free Market Michael M. Rosen 01/29/2014
Startups and regulatory restraint have fueled Swedish economic growth.
‘Cleantech’ Gets Clocked By 60 Minutes, and the Usual Suspects Try to Make Lemonade Benjamin Zycher 01/23/2014
Despite massive taxpayer-funded subsidies, ‘clean energy’ is a failure because it remains far too expensive to compete in the marketplace.
How Teachers Can Best Use Tech Frederick Hess and Tom Vander Ark 01/09/2014
Technology is creating a revolution that could profoundly improve our schools, but getting digital learning right is more about the planning than the purchase order.
Higher Education’s Internet Revolution Edward Tenner 12/26/2013
The biggest surprise about Massive Open Online Courses is how conservative they are.
Scientific Groupthink and Gay Parenting Richard E. Redding 12/18/2013
The controversy over a recent study on gay parenting illustrates a sociopolitical groupthink operating in the social scientific community. Scientists should go where the science takes them, not where their politics does.
The Arctic Becomes a Hot Spot Alan W. Dowd 12/08/2013
The main source of global energy reserves and geopolitical tensions could shift in the not-too-distant future from the Middle East to the Arctic. Here’s why.
The Climate Change Climate Keeps Changing, but the Carbon Tax Is Eternal Benjamin Zycher 12/03/2013
Confronted with more data that contradict climate change orthodoxy, climate change alarmists still advocate a carbon tax, but with new rationales.
Tomorrow's Technological Breakthroughs: Hiding in Plain Sight? Edward Tenner 11/28/2013
A look back at the Depression era reminds us to be skeptical of the technological pessimism of some leading economists today — few people foresaw just which inventions would be most momentous.
Smoking Kills, and So Might E-Cigarette Regulation Gilbert Ross, M.D. 11/20/2013
Smoking is a leading cause of death, and cessation treatments are largely ineffective, yet regulation threatens a promising new technology that might help smokers quit.