Dateline Rice for June 21, 2018

Rice University News & Media

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONALIt’s time to end the crisis in the GulfKristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed calling for the U.S. to help broker an end to the economic and diplomatic blockade of Qatar by neighboring Persian Gulf nations.Gulf Timeshttp://bit.ly/2tpQbQF
Why Mexico’s energy reform needs AMLODavid Mares, nonresident scholar for Latin American Energy Studies at Rice’s BakerInstitute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about energy reform policies that should be undertaken by the likely Mexican presidential election winner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.Council on Foreign Relationshttps://on.cfr.org/2tgwQSS
Brookings survey finds 52 percent believe robots will perform most human activities in 30 yearsAn article cites a 2016 Rice study that determined the usefulness of Google Consumer Surveys as a low-cost tool for doing rigorous social scientific work and is likely to be a useful platform for survey experimentalists.Brookings Institutionhttps://brook.gs/2txWW39
HOUSTON/TEXAS
For tech companies, ‘humanism’ is an empty buzzword. It doesn’t have to be.Because machine-learning systems tend to reproduce the biases of their programmers,integrating experts in the humanities into the design process can bring diverse perspectives to the ethical reasoning behind “humanistic” artificial intelligence initiatives, according to an op-ed by Kirsten Ostherr, the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English and director of Rice’s Medical Futures Lab.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in EIN Technology Today.)http://bit.ly/2ysKpUj
Census: Harris County continues trend toward diversity, even as growth slowsAlthough Houston’s population growth is slowing, its current diversity represents census projections for the U.S. in 2050, according to Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 21 print edition with …

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