Alexa van Sickle's Blog (4)

Are We Rethinking the War on Drugs?

As far back as 2009, drug "czar" Gil Kerlikowske, head of the Office on National Drugs Control Policy, told the Wall Street Journal that the terminology "war on drugs" was no longer appropriate. He announced that the Obama administration's drug strategy would focus on rehabilitation,…

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Added by Alexa van Sickle on July 12, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Universal Jurisdiction Revisited: An alternative to the International Criminal Court?

On July 1, the International Criminal Court (ICC) turned ten years old. This milestone prompted much analysis and some mixed reviews of the court's performance. The ICC recorded its first verdict in March 2012, but there are serious concerns about its procedure and efficiency, patchy…

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Added by Alexa van Sickle on July 5, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A Peaceful Planet, but Not a Happy One?

Last week, the Global Peace Index 2012 (GPI) indicated that the world is more peaceful this year than in 2011. But how should we interpret this in light of the more sober conclusions of the latest Happy Planet Index (HPI)?

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Added by Alexa van Sickle on June 25, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Global Peace Index: Can data tell us if the world is becoming more peaceful?

A few days ago, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker tweeted a link to the 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI), a metric published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, saying "the world is more peaceful in 2012." The GPI calculates peace using 23 indicators, including political terror, internal conflicts,…

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Added by Alexa van Sickle on June 18, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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The Crack-Up: Dwight Eisenhower & the Road Trip that Changed America, with Brian C. Black

In 1919, a young Army officer named Dwight Eisenhower, along with a "Mad Max"-style military convoy, set out on a cross-country road trip to examine the nascent state of America's roads. Penn State Altoona's Professor Brian C. Black explains how this trip influenced Eisenhower's decisions decades later, both as general and president, and laid the groundwork for the rise of petroleum-based engines and the interstate highway system.

AI in the Arctic: Future Opportunities & Ethical Concerns, with Fritz Allhoff

How can artificial intelligence improve food security, medicine, and infrastructure in Arctic communities? What are some logistical, ethical, and governance challenges? Western Michigan's Professor Fritz Allhoff details the future of technology in this extreme environment, which is being made more accessible because of climate change. Plus he shares his thoughts on some open philosophical questions surrounding AI.

The Ethical Algorithm, with Michael Kearns

Over the course of a generation, algorithms have gone from mathematical abstractions to powerful mediators of daily life. They have made our lives more efficient, yet are increasingly encroaching on our basic rights. UPenn's Professor Michael Kearns shares some ideas on how to better embed human principles into machine code without halting the advance of data-driven scientific exploration.

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