Monthly archives: March, 2017

Human Intelligence in the Age of Robots

Robots are moving once again to the center of our cultural consciousness. A new wave of artificial intelligence devices — Siri, Alexa, Google Home — have us talking to machines like never before. Meanwhile, economic anxiety over the loss of manufacturing jobs has focused increasingly on the automation of labor. In the age of AI, leading …

The Education Business: A Study in Failure

The contentious confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos highlighted Americans’ fears of mixing education and free enterprise. DeVos’s sympathy toward for-profit charter schools has been criticized as an abandonment of our public obligations to the higgledy-piggledy of the capitalist marketplace. In his new book Class Clowns: How the Smartest Investors Lost Billions in Education, Columbia Business School professor Jonathan …

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

It is possibly a symptom of something awry in our culture that the most-viewed TED talk ever is entitled “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” (The existence of TED talks themselves might be another symptom, but nevermind.) The 20-minute speech by British education guru Ken Robinson has been viewed 43 million times since being given in February 2006, about the …