From Nautilus, meet Walter Pitts, the homeless genius who revolutionized artificial intelligence. Catastrophe by default: Amy Ireland on artificial intelligence and the end of humanity. Ashley Feinberg on how AI could ruin humanity, according to smart humans. Bill Gates doesn't get why we're not worried about super intelligent AI. Breaking: Moguls fear AI apocalypse. Robots can’t dance: Jeanne Carstensen on why the singularity is greatly exaggerated. Wayne Borody (Nippising): A Transhumanist Perspective on the Role of Social Robots in Future Humanoid Culture. Jim Tankersley on why it’s time for presidential candidates to reckon with robots. Laurent Alexandre on how artificial intelligence will kill capitalism — and it will happen sooner than you think. The robots are coming: John Lanchester reviews The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee and Average Is Over: Powering America beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen. Reign of the robots: Ian Leslie on how to live in the machine age. Mike Konczal on the one where Larry Summers demolished the robots and skills arguments: “Everyone should take it easy on the robot stuff for a while” (and more). Be calm, robots aren’t about to take your job, David Autor says; “if we automate all the jobs, we’ll be rich” (and more). The intellectual war over the rise of the machines continues.
Ellen P. Goodman (Rutgers): “Smart Cities” Meet “Anchor Institutions”: The Case of Broadband and the Public Library. Sean H. Williams (Texas): Sex (and Money) in the City. From The Washington Post, Emily Badger on what happens when a metropolitan area has way too many governments; on how the wealthy are walling themselves off in cities increasingly segregated by class; on the most unequal cities in the United States; and on the impressive environmental bonus of crowded city living. McKenzie Wark on Andrew Ross and the politics of the American city in the Anthropocene. Courtney Humphries on what scientists are finding when they treat the urban landscape as an evolving environment of its own. Ruth Graham on what “urban physics” could tell us about how cities work. Maureen E. Brady (Yale): The Failure of America's First City Plan. From Dissent, Michael Kazin on the promises and limits of progressive cities; Joshua B. Freeman on De Blasio’s New York; James N. Gregory on Seattle’s Left coast formula; and Abby Scher on Solidarity, PA. Garrett Dash Nelson on how Boston dreamed of its future, a century ago. Alec MacGillis on why St. Louis should move to Illinois. Derek Thompson on the miracle of Minneapolis — no other place mixes affordability, opportunity, and wealth so well. Rebecca Onion interviews Steven Conn, author of Americans Against the City: Anti-Urbanism in the Twentieth Century. Kevin Roose on 5 reasons cities are getting better, and everywhere else is getting worse.
Herbert J. Hovenkamp (Iowa): Intellectual Property and Competition. Amelia Precup (Babes-Bolyai): “If Only God Would Give Me Some Clear Sign!”: God, Religion, and Morality in Woody Allen’s Short Fiction. From Religion and Gender, a special issue on Pussy Riot. Blackwater founder Erik Prince pitched private fighting force to Nigeria for war against Boko Haram. Benjamin Wallace-Wells on how America is once again becoming the world’s liberal beacon. Can violence be moral? Intuitively, we might think that any sort of violent act is immoral, but, as David Nussbaum and Seamus A Power argue, morality doesn’t always preclude violence. Against self-criticism: Lacan said that there was surely something ironic about Christ’s injunction to love thy neighbour as thyself — because actually, of course, people hate themselves. Jenee Desmond-Harris on how Ben Carson went from black hero to Tea Party darling without changing one bit. Could running for president destroy Ben Carson’s legacy? Joel Anderson investigates. Nature plus nurture: Girls do better than boys in school and university, but both can still improve — sometimes for surprising reasons (and more). Fear of a Muslim Planet: Grayson Clary on how the micro-genre of “Islamophobic futurism” in fiction unites Western liberals and conservatives. Bill Worthen on how America armed itself long before guns became a political issue: There was a time when weapons were a part of daily attire.
Ruth Fletcher (Queen Mary): Conscientious Objection, Harm Reduction and Abortion Care. Sherry F. Colb (Cornell): Never Having Loved at All. From ThinkProgress, Tara Culp-Ressler and Erica Hellerstein on pricing American women out of abortion, one restriction at a time; and a look at how abortion bans are putting women behind bars. GOP State Rep. Sarah Davis warns women will die if Texas keeps defunding Planned Parenthood. David R Quintanilla (LSE): Unlimited Government: When Conservative Efforts to Regulate Women's Bodies Reach Beyond the Grave. Renee Bracey Sherman: “When I was 19, I had an abortion. It was the best decision of my life”. The abortion tipping point: Ester Bloom on when “I'm pregnant!” stops being the end of the world. Who has abortions? Katha Pollitt on how we can, and should, support trans men and other gender-non-conforming people without erasing women from the fight for reproductive rights. A “crisis pregnancy center” tells woman her IUD was a baby. March for Life, the group behind America's biggest anti-abortion march, now says birth control causes abortions. Neil Siegel (Duke) and Reva Siegel (Yale): Griswold at 50: Contraception as a Sex Equality Right. Reva Siegel (Yale): Griswold at 50: How Conflict Entrenched the Right to Privacy. Jula Hughes (New Brunswick): From Abortions to Sex Work: What Decriminalization Can Teach Us About Stigma in Criminal Law. Sarah Erdreich on what slut-shamers have in common with anti-abortion activists.
Kaius Tuori (NES): The Theory and Practice of Indigenous Dispossession in the Late Nineteenth Century: The Saami in the Far North of Europe and the Legal History of Colonialism. Rebecca Adler-Nissen and Ulrik P Gad (Copenhagen): Postimperial Sovereignty Games in the Nordic Region. Janne Holmen (Sodertorn): A Small Separate Fatherland of Our Own: Regional History Writing and Regional Identity on Islands in the Baltic Sea. Thomas Ugelvik (Oslo): “Be a Man. Not a Bitch”: Snitching, the Inmate Code and the Narrative Reconstruction of Masculinity in a Norwegian Prison. The two faces of extremism: Hugh Eakin reviews One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Asne Seierstad (and more), Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamophobia by Sindre Bangstad, and A Norwegian Tragedy: Anders Behring Breivik and the Massacre on Utoya by Aage Borchgrevink. Ben Teitelbaum on rap, reggae, and white minoritization in Nordic radical nationalism. A Norwegian man got fined for not keeping his promise to murder someone. The introduction to Small States and Status: Seeking Norway’s Quest for Higher Standing, ed. Benjamin de Carvalho and Iver B. Neumann. Did the Vikings get a bum rap? Yale historian Anders Winroth wants us to rethink the terrible tales about the Norse. Northern lights: Do the Scandinavians really have it all figured out? You can download Perceptions and Strategies of Arcticness in sub-Arctic Europe, ed. Andris Spruds and Toms Rostoks.
Simon Susen (City University London): 15 Theses on Power. Calvin H. Johnson (Texas): Charles Beard and Three Barbie Dolls. Waiting in line got a bad rap as an ever-present part of the Communist Soviet Union; it could turn out to be a big part of America’s urban future, because some lines are actually useful. The introduction to Eating People Is Wrong, and Other Essays on Famine, Its Past, and Its Future by Cormac O Grada. Purple Reign: Chris Lehmann on the unmaking of a Yahoo. Your straight hair doesn't equal strength: Esther Breger on why we need more curly-haired heroines on television. The most luxurious and privileged condition may be one in which you get to experience yourself as endlessly surprising — a condition in which you hardly know yourself at all but have complete confidence that others know and respect you as they should. The glorious return of the egg: Michael Brendan Dougherty on why Uncle Sam is a horrible nutritionist. From TNR, Jamil Smith on working on the race beat: The future of racial coverage at The New York Times and elsewhere. Cass Sunstein on how Asians make it big in America. Rex Sorgatz on how The Daily Show triumphed (by enabling disruptive technology and embracing media inventions, but only when it made sense, which was less often than one might think; also: some luck). Alice Robb on what it's like to raise your children speaking Esperanto. Al Gore should run for president.
Olufunmilayo Arewa (UC-Irvine): A Musical Work is a Set of Instructions. Toni Lester (Babson): Blurred Lines, Where Copyright Ends and Cultural Appropriation Begins: The Case of Robin Thicke versus Bridgeport Music, and the Estate of Marvin Gaye. Michael B. Landau (Georgia State): Are the Courts Singing a Different Tune When It Comes to Music? What Ever Happened to Fair Use in Music Sampling Cases? James H Richardson (UCLA): The Spotify Paradox: How the Creation of a Compulsory License Scheme for Streaming On-Demand Music Services Can Save the Music Industry. Why it's okay to miss the old iPod: As albums disappear from Spotify and the smartphone hard drives becomes crowded, it's becoming clear that simpler really was better for many listeners. Jonathan Berger on how music hijacks our perception of time: A composer details how music works its magic on our brains. Face it, live music kinda sucks. If you don't like music, do you have a soul? Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis on the music in you: You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities — you just don’t know about them yet. Every subculture has its in-jokes; classical musicians are no exception, and the punchline usually involves a viola. David Schoenbaum on the geopolitics of music: Generation after generation, in locale after locale, it’s true — when people join the modern world, their kids get piano and violin lessons.
Mariano-Florentino Cuellar (Stanford): Administrative War. John C. Dehn (Loyola): The Conflict of Laws in Armed Conflict and Wars. Chris Barker (Southwestern College): American Democracy in Crisis? Shared War Powers, Deliberative Democracy, and Rewriting the Power to Declare War. Eric Talbot Jensen (BYU): Future War and the War Powers Resolution. Deborah N. Pearlstein (Cardozo): How Wartime Detention Ends. Human costs of the forever wars, enough to fill a bookshelf: In books by soldiers and reporters about Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s the details that slam home a sense of what the wars were like on the front lines. The fading counterinsurgency fad: Kurt Jacobsen reviews Hearts and Minds: A People’s History of Counterinsurgency, ed. Hannah Gurman; The Failure of Counterinsurgency: Why Hearts and Minds are Seldom Won by Ivan Eland; and Wrong Turn: America’s Deadly Embrace of Counterinsurgency by Gian P. Gentile. Carlos Lozada reviews The Last Warrior: Andrew Marshall and the Shaping of Modern American Defense Strategy by Andrew Krepinevich and Barry Watts. Kevin Poulsen on how America already has a Manhattan Project for developing cyber attacks. A Blackwater World Order: Kelley Vlahos on how the privatization of America's wars swells the ranks of armies for hire across the globe. Carolyn Marvin’s Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag is perhaps the most significant book ever written on the dynamics of warfare.
Arye L. Hillman (Bar-Ilan) and Niklas Potrafke (CESifo): The UN Goldstone Report and Retraction: An Empirical Investigation. Saif Shahin (Texas): Unveiling the American-Muslim Press: News Agendas, Frames, and Functions. Livia Gershon on why Democrats can't figure out white working-class voters. Jennifer Gonnerman on how a confused mom drove through a White House checkpoint and ended up dead. You should still be scared of Pyongyang: Five reasons a quiet North Korea is still a deadly North Korea. Meet the men and women who help rule North Korea from the shadows. Playing with fire: Liliana Segura on how junk science sent Claude Garrett to prison for life. Is net neutrality a democratic victory, or just one set of oligarchs (FB, Microsoft) winning over another (ISPs)? Ezra Klein on why the Obama administration is fighting for a trade deal its liberal allies hate. Kent Greenfield on the limits of free speech: The Supreme Court's interpretation of the First Amendment would protect even the racist chant at the University of Oklahoma — but it shouldn't. “Wonk” was already dying, but this has burnt its corpse with hot plasma. Harry Enten on 5 lessons on the Clinton email scandal from political science. Hillary Clinton isn’t running unopposed — she’s just crushing the competition. PZ Myers on why I’m pissed off at rednecks like you — also, don’t call me “son”, you patronizing asshole.
Radoslaw Kossakowski (Gdansk): The Cosmopolitan Game? Contemporary Football in the Light of Ulrich Beck's Theory. Aaron Miller (Kyoto): Foucauldian Theory and the Making of the Japanese Sporting Body. Richard Craswell (Stanford): When Nicknames Were Crowd-Sourced, or, How to Change a Team’s Nickname. Eugen Dimant (Paderborn) and Christian Deutscher (Bielefeld): The Economics of Corruption in Sports: The Special Case of Doping. Benjamin Burroughs and Travis Vogan (Iowa): Media Industries and Sport Scandals: Deadspin, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and the Manti Te’o Hoax. Younghan Cho (Hankuk): Toward the Post-Westernization of Baseball?: The National-Regional-Global Nexus of Korean Major League Baseball Fans during the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Clayton Douglas Adams (Mississippi): Personal Foul, Roughing the Speaker: The Illusory War between the Establishment Clause and College Football. Adam Satariano on how fantasy sports are turning man cave dwellers into millionaires. Sam Riches on imagining an America without sports: What if we eliminated the institution of sport — from the high school level to the pros? Too many players on the field: Matias Makela on how football illustrates European integration. Will free agency destroy Major League Soccer? Jack Moore wonders. Drew Harwell on why America fell out of love with golf, the slow-going, expensive, old-fashioned pastime. How much does Pacquiao-Mayweather matter?