“In terms of the machine learning programs or robots that we have now, I basically think of them as being comparable to thermostats.”
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“If you are a car owner, you are red meat for whoever wants to prey upon you, whether it is police, auto lenders, or state agencies.”
"We define ourselves more by certain emotions. I've never heard anybody say, 'I'm trying to get over my embarrassment and I feel so inauthentic.'"
Howard Becker pointed out that critics, curators, suppliers, and administrators are as important to the creation of art as artists themselves.
Capitalism seeks wealth to meet desires. But foraging societies follow “the Zen road to affluence”: not by getting more, but wanting less.
“If we want technologies that will not undermine our humanity, social analysts must join with other researchers.”
“What is the range of available measures to address our catastrophic future?”
“Individual Americans thought they were the only ones who could not afford to send their kids to college.”
The Harlem Renaissance continues to serve as a source of pride and dignity as well as ammunition in the ongoing struggle for civil rights.
Today, trade and globalization often reinforce the incentives for coercion and violence. But what might the history of India reveal about the economic conditions of toleration?
With decades of creativity—that ended with World War I—Vienna jolted Western art and culture forward into high modernity. But how?
The Middle East must no longer be defined through the lens of decolonization and the agendas of perpetrators.
“It’s like ‘The Minority Report,’ only without psychics.”
History, Ann Stoler showed, is not just political action, disconnected from daily domestic acts. Intimate relations are worthy of serious study.
“That is the paradox of assimilation … You can be essential—an essential worker—and at the same time excluded from the CARES Act.”
Originally used to decipher the 1950s nuclear stalemate, the “Prisoner’s Dilemma” might reveal how resources are unfairly distributed today.
The Death of Nature wrote a new narrative of science that explored the costs of modernity for nature and humankind.
It is no exaggeration to say that Evelyn Fox Keller and her compatriots made possible not only my work but entire generations of scholarship on science.
When the Trump presidency ends, and the toll of years of toxicity and mismanagement becomes clear, we are going to need some guidance.
Stanley Lieberson wrestled with the problem of causation throughout his prodigious research career, but nowhere more ingeniously than in A Matter of Taste.