Author Archive | Ronald Bailey

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Trump Recycles False Claim that Video Gaming Causes School Shootings

A day after the post-Parkland listening session at the White House, President Donald Trump trotted out the inaccurate and simplistic suggestion that playing violent video games contributes to school shootings. The president expressed his concern about the effects of what kids are seeing on the internet and then observed, “And also video games. I’m hearing […]

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Countering the Threat of the Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence

Yudesign/DreamstimeArtificial intelligence and machine learning are being embedded in more and more of the digital and physical products and services we use everyday. Consequently, bad actors—cybercriminals, terrorists, and authoritarian governments—will increasingly seek to make malicious use of A.I. warns a new report just issued by team of researchers led by Miles Brundage, a research fellow […]

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Put ‘Humanity First,’ Demands 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang

Yang2020″All you need is self-driving cars to destabilize society,” said former tech executive Andrew Yang in The New York Times. The longshot Democratic presidential candidate added, “That one innovation will be enough to create riots in the street. And we’re about to do the same thing to retail workers, call center workers, fast-food workers, insurance […]

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Climate Activist Bill McKibben’s 3-Step Plan to Eliminate Fossil Fuels

Climate activist Bill McKibben has proposed a 3-step strategy for getting to a fossil-fuel-free America. In Step 1, activists to push for “a fast and just transition to renewable energy in cities and states.” According to McKibben, “With each passing month, the technology that powers renewable energy gets cheaper and cheaper. It’s already generating massive […]

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Is Immortality Gendered?

Therapies that slow and even reverse aging will be a tremendous boon for both women and men. Ronald Bailey|Jan. 26, 2018 5:00 pm Alberto Hidalgo/Dreamstime”Some billionaires, already invincible in every other way, have decided that they also deserve not to die,” snarks Dara Horn in her op-ed, “The Men Who Want to Live Forever,” at […]

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Trump’s Launches Solar Panel Trade War with China

The Trump administration is imposing a 30 percent tariff on solar panels and modules imported from China. The first 2.5 gigawatts of imported solar cells will be exempted from the tariff. The tariff will drop 5 percent per year falling to 25, 20, and 15 percent in the second, third, and fourth years respectively. Largely […]

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Why Worrying Over a Minority Majority America Is Dumb

Pavel Ilyukhin/DreamstimeAccording to a 2015 U.S. Census Bureau report, “by 2044, more than half of all Americans are projected to belong to a minority group (any group other than non-Hispanic White alone).” That projection depends on Americans a generation hence quiescently staying in the ethnic and racial pigeonholes into which the census takers want to […]

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