Society and Culture

Summer 2018

How Not to Build a City

Ramesh Patel

Dan Cloer

Mexico City is one of the world’s biggest population centers, yet the city’s infrastructure is extremely unstable. The resulting challenges serve as a warning—and a lesson—to the rest of our urbanizing world.

From the Publisher

August 20, 2018
Global Threats, Part 6

Rogue Robots

David Hulme

Artificial intelligence is changing lives for the better, but its developers acknowledge that it also poses serious risks. This raises some far-reaching questions.


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Summer 2018

Science and Environment

Summer 2018

Artificial Intelligence: Thinking Outside the Box

David Hulme

What can we look forward to in a world where artificial intelligence plays a bigger role? What should we be concerned about? An AI expert provides some answers.

Philosophy and Ideas

Summer 2018

What Truth Is—and Isn’t

Donald Winchester

The world seems no closer to defining truth today than the ancient philosophers were. And yet we cannot do without it.

Science and Environment

Summer 2018

Reengineering Our World: A Cautionary Tale

Dan Cloer

From genes to geophysics, our world is increasingly what we make it. But environmental philosopher Christopher Preston urges restraint.