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The Once and Future Liberalism

Congratulations to my colleague and Arendt Center stalwart Walter Russell Mead, whose article “The Once and Future Liberalism” just won a Sidney Award, “designed to encourage people to step back at this time of the year and look at the big picture.” Mead’s article is indeed bracing, and the thinking behind it has informed many…Read more The Once and Future Liberalism Posted on 29 December 2012 | 9:45 am

Kasparov on the Human and the Machine

One of the most reflective essays on the fate of Human Being in an Inhuman Age is Gary Kasparov’s NY Review of Books Essay, The Chess Master and the Computer. Kasparov respects the power of computers and knows that there already exist computer programs that play Checkers in a way that is unbeatable. Chess is…Read more Kasparov on the Human and the Machine Posted on 5 July 2010 | 12:04 pm

A Portal to the Future

The Times actually had two stories today in its “Smarter Than You Think” series on robots and social effects of the rise of smart machines. The first, on personal robots, is discussed below. The second has reporter Amy Harmon making conversation with a remarkably human looking Bina48, namesake of Bina Rothblatt, partner of the self-made…Read more A Portal to the Future Posted on 5 July 2010 | 11:30 am

Recharging Friendship

The New York Times today has an article about robotic friends and companions. Exhibit A is “Paro,” a robot seal with artificial intelligence that coos, blinks, wriggles and generally responds to basic linguistic stimuli. Paro is primitive as AI goes, but it has been a huge hit with elderly patients in nursing homes. Often it…Read more Recharging Friendship Posted on 5 July 2010 | 4:34 am

Wyatt Mason, Senior Fellow at the Arendt Center, has a fantastic new essay on David Foster Wallace in this week’s New York Review of Books. Wallace, pace Mason, struggles to break through the, in Wallace’s words, “five hundred thousand discrete bits of information” by which we are all daily barraged. All this information makes it…Read more Posted on 25 June 2010 | 9:50 pm