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NEXT: A World Without Referees

David Staley David Staley NEXT: A World Without Referees

I first started writing this piece after watching an Ohio State football game where video review overturned what I thought was a rather obvious call that the referees had blown. Big Ten referees seem especially prone to making such bad calls: wouldn’t it be great if the video review were used for every call, taking […]

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NEXT: Hyperloop Commuting

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Hyperloop Commuting

Everyone who reads Columbus Underground must be aware that Columbus—or, rather the Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh “Midwest Hyperloop Project”— was one of 10 winners of Hyperloop One’s Global Challenge. Hyperloop, you’ll recall, is Elon Musk’s vision for a network of “vacuum tube trains:” trains that are sealed in a tube such that air and wind resistance are eliminated, […]

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NEXT: The Possibilities (and Threat) of Artificial Intelligence

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Possibilities (and Threat) of Artificial Intelligence

I have been thinking a lot about the Neanderthals. Or, rather, what happened to the Neanderthals. Or, more specifically, whether or not our homo sapiens ancestors had anything to do with the extinction of the Neanderthals. For the longest time, the theory was that modern human beings arrived in Eurasia around 70,000 years ago, and […]

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NEXT: A Precarious Economy?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: A Precarious Economy?

I was having lunch with a colleague the other day, when he told me about a plumbing problem that required an emergency visit by a plumber. The plumber immediately diagnosed the problem before it got worse, told my colleague the solution, and said it would cost $300. What was interesting, he said, was the way […]

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NEXT: The University of Phoenix Rises

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The University of Phoenix Rises

It has been a rough couple of years for the University of Phoenix. The upstart college founded in the 1970s by John Sperling aimed to provide higher education aimed specifically at working adults. In the late early 2000s, the University of Phoenix expanded its offerings to more directly compete with traditional higher education institutions, offering […]

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NEXT: Next-Generation Educational Technology

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Next-Generation Educational Technology

GPS, Google Maps, The Internet, robotic (driverless) cars, virtual personal assistants. These are just some of the civilian applications that were originally developed at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. DARPA is the R&D group within the Department of Defense responsible for developing next-generation technologies for the military. Often, the ideas emanating from DARPA spill […]

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NEXT: What Comes After Globalization?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: What Comes After Globalization?

This weekend, Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election, which sent sighs of relief in Brussels. Had Le Pen won, she would have certainly pulled France out of the European Union as the British voted to do last year. There would be little hope of the EU surviving the withdrawal of […]


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