On June 21, representatives of the eight states that border the Great Lakes unanimously approved a request from the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin to receive drinking water from Lake Michigan. This marks the first time the signatories to the Great Lakes Compact have authorized diverting water out of the Great Lakes watershed. Waukesha, a city […]
Earlier this year, the Monday Eight O’Clock Buzz discussed the Ecomodernist Manifesto. The Ecomodernists believe that human technology, and nuclear power in particular, will enable humanity to divorce itself from nature, allowing us to live at high levels of consumption while reducing our ecological footprint. Today, we hear from as diametrically opposed a view as […]
In 1982, Manhattan Institute fellow George Kelling and American Enterprise Institute board member James Q. Wilson wrote a piece for the Atlantic entitled, “Broken Windows: The Police and Neighborhood Safety.” Kelling and Wilson argued that the police’s real job was not to fight serious crime, but to enforce community standards of order. They wrote, “how […]
Growing up in Davis, California, Blair Braverman dreamed of ice, snow and the northern lights. In her teens, she spent a year in Norway with her family, returned as an exchange student in Lillehammer, studied dogsledding in the Norwegian arctic, ran a museum in Mortenhals, Norway and worked as a tour guide on an Alaskan […]
In her career, Madison artist Bird Ross has created very tiny, portable theaters in a wheelbarrow and full-size theatrical sets. She’s made doorstoops, clotheslines with laundry, alphabet blocks, book origami, handbags, and sidewalk mural PSAs to get voters to the polls. She’ll be mending your broken stuff at the Madison Public Library.
The promise, or specter — depending on your philosophical bent — of artificial intelligence has spellbound science fiction readers for generations. A machine that thinks like a human is both a thrilling and terrifying concept. Today, forms of mechanical intelligence surround us daily, from vending machines to smartphones to supercomputers. Computers now routinely beat humans […]