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This Week in World Politics 2018–12–02


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/12/02

“I’ve spent much of the past year hawking my latest book, “Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy.”

An interesting pattern has developed. Of the terms in the subtitle, everyone from my friends in right-wing talk radio to invariably polite liberal NPR hosts — and the audiences that listen to each of them — agrees that “tribalism” is bad. I think it’s because no party or faction has adopted the term, so each side thinks only its opponents are guilty of it.

Similarly, liberals tend to be sympathetic to the idea that populism is bad, largely because they so closely associate it with Donald Trump, though a few remember that Bernie Sanders is a populist, too, and so want to offer caveats about “good” populism and “bad” populism. The same holds for conservatives, only in reverse.”


“(CNN)Former President George H.W. Bush, who died late Friday at age 94, believed that politics doesn’t ever need to be “nasty,” according to former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Powell told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Bush, whom he served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during his presidency, “lived” by his belief that “because you run against each other, that doesn’t mean you’re enemies. Politics doesn’t have to be uncivil and nasty.”

“I wish we could get some of that back in our system now,” Powell said, adding, “he was a great president, and he was a perfect American.””


“ ‘They used to be things that people would whisper to me in the chamber, designed to shut down my confidence … they’re now just shouted across the chamber.’ Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young speaks to political editor Katharine Murphy about being a woman in politics. She says sexist attacks in parliament are getting worse and only a code of conduct with consequences will change the situation”


“Toward the end of every year, I ask C-level leaders to weigh in on what will be hot for marketers in the upcoming year. From politics to cybersecurity to emotion analysis, this year’s predictions do not disappoint.

Augmented Intelligence Will Replace Artificial Intelligence. Chris Colborn, Chief Experience Officer of Lippincott

“We’re not witnessing a human vs. machine conflict; rather we’re starting to explore “We’re not witnessing a human vs. machine conflict; rather we’re starting to explore (and negotiate) new opportunities for what human and machine can achieve together. There’s nothing artificial about intelligence — AI should more appropriately be thought of as Augmented Intelligence. As with the agricultural, industrial, and digital revolutions of the past, we’re not going to see a net loss of human jobs, though there will be a reallocation of human capital, and human potential. While this will be disruptive in the short term, we’ll undoubtedly see an uplift in effective affluence — this time due to the expansion of mental rather than physical labor. As literally every business is rethought, old jobs will be replaced by new ones, and old habits replaced with new behaviors. This will have both uncomfortable and awe-inspiring consequences. As such, it’s an amazing time to be in business, and to consider the interplay of design and technology in creating emerging customer experiences. Brands that lean in to AI and embrace these opportunities will shine. Two things we know for sure: we’ll be more sensitive about how we integrate AI in everyday lives and human experience, and we’ll need to get even more comfortable in expecting the unexpected.””


“OTTAWA — Canada’s chief science adviser admits her first year on the job was not exactly what she’d expected.

“I survived,” Mona Nemer says, laughing. “It was an exciting year. Lots of things to learn. In many ways it was a great job offer because it didn’t have any to-do list. It was just very broad and you could define the position.”

Her role, she says, is not to be a lobbyist. She isn’t there to tell politicians or public servants what to think or what decisions to make. Since September 2017, her job has been to help them find the scientific evidence they need to make decisions.”



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