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 […]
Dane County’s Spanish-speaking population has more than tripled since 1990. The U.S. Bureau of the Census estimates that, as of 2015, there were almost 29,000 Hispanics living in Dane County, which at 6% of the population, makes Spanish-speakers the largest single minority group in the county. The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County seeks […]