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Artificial intelligence will dominate more and more of society. Will it be racist and sexist?

Brian Resnick explains research that our systems of artificial intelligence have learned to perpetuate racism and sexism just like people do. “Many people think machines are not biased,” Princeton computer scientist Aylin Caliskan says. “But machines are trained on human

Posted in Discrimination, Labor

Beer Companies Don’t Care About The Median Drinker

Updated February 9, 2018 Mark Kleiman has done some of the most insightful policy analysis of illegal drugs available.  He argues that home grown marijuana should be legal (and polls show that the majority of Americans have agreed for some

Posted in Health, Labor, Medianism

The worst drug epidemics in American history

The New York Times said “The current opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history.” Last August, Donald Trump declared, “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially right now it is an emergency… It’s a national emergency.

Posted in Labor, Public Finance

Alcohol deaths are rising. Happy Spring Break.

Reposted for Spring Break: The majority of youths are not very rational in their use of alcohol.  The late teens and early 20s have the highest hazard rate for alcoholism, so it is a problem, but there are ways to moderate

Posted in Labor, Public Finance

Why are liberal-arts degrees valuable in the marketplace?

The governor of Florida, Rick Scott, declared that he wants to eliminate the liberal arts majors at state universities and community colleges because he does not think that they produce job skills.  However, liberal arts majors (humanities, social sciences, science, and

Posted in Labor

Alcohol deaths are rising. Happy New Year.

Just in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations, German Lopez wrote about alcohol research and policy: According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after controlling for age, the alcohol-induced death rate reached 8.5 per 100,000 people in

Posted in Labor, Public Finance

How Ronald Reagan’s secret entitlement program will eventually end homelessness.

Which is the cheapest accommodation? A one-room apartment. A jail. A hospital room. Which is the cheapest labor? A social worker. A criminal-justice worker (police, lawyer, judge, etc.) A healthcare professional (doctor, nurse, etc.) For both questions, #1 is the

Posted in Health, Inequality, Labor

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