Peeking into the Black Box of Artificial Intelligence

While artificial intelligence (AI) applications are becoming increasingly capable of solving even the most complex of our problems requiring human-like cognition, the black box of artificial intelligence makes it difficult for us to understand how these systems actually go about solving these problems.

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US Attitudes Toward Federal Taxes: A Rising Share of About Right

The Gallup Poll has been asking Americans since the 1950s whether they think that the income tax they pay is "too high" or "about right." The figure shows the responses over time including the 2019 poll, taken in early April. (The "don't know" and the "too low" answers are both quite small, and are not shown on the figure.)

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The Utterly Predictable Problem of Long-Run US Budget Deficits

For anyone who can do arithmetic, it did not come as a surprise that the "baby boom generation," born from 1946 up through the early 1960s, started turning 65 in 2010. Here's the pattern over time of the "Daily Average Number of People Turning 65." The jump of the boomer generation is marked.

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What Materials Are Hazardous to Our Health?

The term hazardous waste is quite broad and deals with materials of all shapes and sizes. Biological waste, for example, such as blood or bodily fluids is one type of waste, albeit organic. Other substances and chemicals may also be considered just as hazardous, from something more simple like a cleaning solution or bug spray to more severe nuclear and radiation waste.

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Energy Transitions Need Societal Changes

Energy transitions are global movements in which many actors have a very different role: the regulators set a frame or promote the evolutions, the citizens alert and are used to initiate many changes, the big actors try to favor the movement while protecting their interests.

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