Connecting the Dots, July 2018

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How to Solve Information Inundation

July 31, 2018

“Information overload” used to describe the amount of news available to us. Now the term is woefully inadequate. We are not just overloaded, but inundated.

“National Security” Auto Tariffs Are the Real Witch Hunt

July 24, 2018

President Trump likes to call the Russia investigation a “witch hunt.” Yet he also thinks your car endangers US national security. Yes, your car, the one in your garage right now. It is the enemy.

If Robots Learn Surgery, Is Any Job Safe?

July 17, 2018

Economists disagree about job automation: Some see imminent doom, others think we can adjust. There’s not a lot in-between.

Pet Care Is a Recession-Proof Industry

July 10, 2018

Americans may be bitterly divided on everything else, but we all agree on one thing: We love our dogs. Our cats, too, plus a few other companion species. We’ve made them part of the family.

Face It: Social Security Is Welfare

July 3, 2018

According to the dictionary, “welfare” is a word that describes our health, happiness, and fortunes. But in the US, it usually refers to government support, which many consider shameful. No one wants to be “on” welfare.