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Next: Will Artificial Intelligence Have Civil Rights?

David Staley David Staley Next: Will Artificial Intelligence Have Civil Rights?

I have written before about the Luddites and how autonomous intelligence might unleash a neo-Luddite movement. It would appear that day may have indeed arrived. There are reports from Arizona that autonomous vehicles are being vandalized. Since 2017, there have been almost two dozen acts of sabotage against driverless vehicles operated by Waymo in the […]

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NEXT: The Future of Mobility

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Mobility

When we use the word “mobility” today, we are talking about the infrastructure for moving people around in the world. Much of the talk about mobility, especially in Columbus, has to do with autonomous vehicles and the role they will be playing in how we move from place to place. But scooters, bicycles, light rail, […]

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NEXT: Theocracy in America?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Theocracy in America?

My undergraduate major was ancient history, which I switched to (from economics) because of a brilliant and charismatic professor. I hung on his every word. Except for one occasion. He made a statement in class once to the effect that “Every society’s form of government eventually becomes a theocracy.” As an ancient historian, he was […]

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NEXT: China’s Social Credit System

David Staley David Staley NEXT: China’s Social Credit System

In his 2003 novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Cory Doctorow’s near-future fictional world features Whuffle, a digital form of social capital. In Doctorow’s world, reputation is the chief form of currency: through a digital app, anyone can discover anyone else’s reputation score. The higher your reputation, the better the products and services […]

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NEXT: What if There Were Another Global Pandemic?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: What if There Were Another Global Pandemic?

This year marks the centenary of the Spanish Flu of 1918-1919, a global pandemic that killed somewhere between 50 and 100 million people worldwide. The deaths caused by the Spanish Flu occurred at a time when the Earth’s population was under 2 billion, meaning upwards of 5 percent of the world’s population were killed by […]

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NEXT: What If Organizations Could Run Themselves?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: What If Organizations Could Run Themselves?

Those who have been championing blockchain have imagined a myriad of applications beyond cryptocurrency. Recall that a blockchain is a kind of open, digital ledger that is being used to record and verify transactions, and is the technology that makes Bitcoin possible. There are advocates who wish to see blockchain used for other purposes, such […]

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NEXT: Redesigning Plants for Energy, Fuel, Light

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Redesigning Plants for Energy, Fuel, Light

Researchers at MIT recently unveiled a project where they inserted the enzyme that makes fireflies glow into a watercress plant. The result is a plant whose leaves glow for about four hours. At present, the glow produced is quite dim, but the engineers hope that via this technique they can convert the watercress into a […]

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