Tag: Philosophy

The Cure for What Ails Our Democracy

America is economically thriving but politically dysfunctional. We have the material, technological and military resources to remain the world’s leading superpower, but the current Congress is unable to make decisions about basic issues, like how to fix the immigration system or what role we should play in the world. What do we have to do […]

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Antonio Negri, Philosopher Who Wrote a Surprise Best Seller, Dies at 90

Antonio Negri, an Italian philosopher whose essays and activism calling for a new workers’ revolution landed him in prison in 1979, and who two decades later became a global intellectual celebrity for writing “Empire,” a book hailed as the new “Communist Manifesto,” died on Saturday in Paris. He was 90. The philosopher Judith Revel, his […]

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This A.I. Subculture’s Motto: Go, Go, Go

“E.A. is so 2019,” she said. “You go to their parties, the guys don’t know how to dress, and the conversations are totally controlled by these one or two thought leaders.” E/acc, she added, is “fun to be around.” These are, of course, verdicts on e/acc’s vibes, not its ideas, some of which are still […]

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Who’s Who Behind the Dawn of the Modern Artificial Intelligence Movement

While artificial intelligence has taken the limelight over the past year, technology that can appear to operate like human brains has been top of mind for researchers, investors and tech executives in Silicon Valley and beyond for more than a decade. Here are some of the people involved in the origins of the modern A.I. […]

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The Who’s Who Behind the Modern Artificial Intelligence Movement

While artificial intelligence has taken the limelight over the past year, technology that can appear to operate like human brains has been top of mind for researchers, investors and tech executives in Silicon Valley and beyond for more than a decade. Here are some of the people involved in the origins of the modern A.I. […]

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A civil discourse on climate change

A new MIT initiative designed to encourage open dialogue on campus kicked off with a conversation focused on how to address challenges related to climate change. “Climate Change: Existential Threat or Bump in the Road” featured Steve Koonin, theoretical physicist and former U.S. undersecretary for science during the Obama administration, and Kerry Emanuel, professor emeritus […]

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How do reasonable people disagree?

U.S. politics is heavily polarized. This is often regarded as a product of irrationality: People can be tribal, are influenced by their peers, and often get information from very different, sometimes inaccurate sources. Tribalism and misinformation are real enough. But what if people are often acting rationally as well, even in the process of arriving […]

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MIT SHASS Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship Program welcomes 2023-24 class

The MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship program recently welcomed its 2023-24 class. The purpose of the program is to enhance diversity in SHASS and to provide fellows with additional professional support and mentoring as they enter the field. The fellowships are intended to support scholars from a wide range of backgrounds, […]

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Professor Emerita Evelyn Fox Keller, influential philosopher and historian of science, dies at 87

MIT Professor Emerita Evelyn Fox Keller, a distinguished and groundbreaking philosopher and historian of science, has died at age 87. Keller gained acclaim for her powerful critique of the scientific establishment’s conception of objectivity, which she found lacking in its own terms and heavily laden with gendered assumptions. Her work drove many scholars toward a […]

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Empowering the next generation of philosophers through diversity and inclusion

As a rising senior studying philosophy and neuroscience at Boston University, Dee Everett saw attending the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute in Boston (PIKSI-Boston) at MIT as an opportunity to connect with philosophy students who, like her, are members of underrepresented groups. “Philosophy, and academia as a whole, still remains predominantly white and […]

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