Julia M. Puaschunder (Harvard): Artificial Intelligence Evolution: On the Virtue of Killing in the Artificial Age. Stephen Hawking’s final warning for humanity: AI is coming for us. The five most worrying trends in artificial intelligence right now. Ryan Metz on what you have to fear from artificial intelligence. How frightened should we be of A.I.? Thinking about artificial intelligence can help clarify what makes us human — for better and for worse. An AI wake-up call from ancient Greece: Those who warn about the potential dangers and unintended consequences of artificial intelligence and machine learning are right to invoke Pandora and her jar of miseries.

The genius neuroscientist who might hold the key to true AI. Is neuroscience a bigger threat than artificial intelligence? In the future, automation will disrupt your job and AI will try to hack your brain and probably sooner than you think — Yuval Noah Harari explains why the best preparation has nothing to do with learning to code or building a bunker. How we can prepare for catastrophically dangerous AI — and why we can’t wait.


Kathleen Thelen (MIT): Regulating Uber: The Politics of the Platform Economy in Europe and the United States. Dozens of bomb threats reported across America in apparent Bitcoin ransom scam. The prophets of cryptocurrency survey the boom and bust: Nick Paumgarten goes inside the ongoing argument over whether Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the blockchain are transforming the world. Bronwen Maddox on how the Brexit drama is changing Britain. Just hold another referendum: There’s nothing democratic about forcing through a Brexit deal that voters in 2016 probably wouldn't have approved. For Emmanuel Macron, how did things get so bad, so fast? The 2018 Golden Dukes Awards nominees are here.

Opioid nation: Marcia Angell reviews Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic by Barry Meier; Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy; American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts by Chris McGreal; and American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis — and How to End It by Ryan Hampton, with Claire Rudy Foster.


From Politico, how everything became the culture war: America’s petty tribal arguments are now driving the bus on serious policy — here’s why we should worry; and America’s political tribes, 2018: A field guide to the new culture-war players of the Trump era. Political tribalism: Michelle Baddeley on the art of divide and rule. Ezra Klein on the political tribalism of Andrew Sullivan. Lambeth Hochwald interviews Steve Kornacki, author of The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism (and more). When it comes to divisive tribalism, both sides don’t do it. America’s problem isn’t tribalism — it’s racism. “Tribalism” doesn’t explain our political conflicts — the term is trendy but vacuous.

American politics could use more conflict: Decrying “tribalism” is a favorite pastime of American elites, but the real problem is the unity among them.

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