Capitalism and Climate Change

Nearly every political or economic dialogue of the past few years has featured talk of “green jobs” and the prospects offered by “the clean-energy economy.” L. Hunter Lovins and Boyd Cohen seek to make tangible the actual business economics of de-carbonization and sustainable development in their new work Climate Capitalism (Hill and Wang, $26).  Much … Continue reading

Computer versus Humanity: which is most human?

Computer chess programs now routinely beat even the best human competition. A recent match between the former Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter and a computer (IBM’s “Watson”) resulted in the dismantling of the humans on the famous game show. For those who wonder if there is any competition remaining in which humanity has … Continue reading