Paul Freedman Celebrity Chefs 007

Celebrity Chefs, Past and Present

by Paul Freedman

There’ve always been celebrity chefs whose skill and cre­ativ­ity made them famous. But the pas­sage of time usu­ally means we know lit­tle more about them than their names. From ancient Greece and Rome there’s only one cook­book that sur­vives in full, that attrib­uted to the Roman cook Apicius, which dates actu­ally from the end of the Roman Empire.

Madhur Jaffrey Apple Fall Far From Tree 021

Does the Apple Fall Very Far from the Tree?

by Madhur Jaffrey

What is cook­ing? We are all born into cer­tain cul­tures. And the cul­ture is like a mother. We run away, we exper­i­ment. We are mod­ern peo­ple, we try and find new things, we want to find the best lob­ster, the best cray­fish. We want to cook it in amaz­ing ways with some­thing we’ve just for­aged from the forest. 

Rikke Frank Joergensen Online Platforms Human Rights011

Online Platforms as Human Rights Arbiters

by Rikke Frank Jørgensen

What does it mean for human rights pro­tec­tion that we have large cor­po­rate interests—the Googles, the Facebooks of our time—that con­trol and gov­ern a large part of the online infra­struc­ture?

The Conversation #43 — Roberta Francis

by Neil Prendergast, Micah Saul, Roberta Francis, Aengus Anderson

Generally peo­ple don’t see the skir­mishes that are always always always going on in the back­ground to pre­serve where we are now in terms of laws against sex dis­crim­i­na­tion or laws that would pro­mote sex equal­ity. But com­pared to where we were when the ERA came out of Congress in 1972, we are very much bet­ter off in terms of equal­ity of rights being guar­an­teed by the law, because so many laws that did dis­crim­i­nate on their face are off the books as a result of the strug­gle for the Equal Rights Amendment.

Forbidden Research Sexual Deviance

Forbidden Research: Sexual Deviance: Can Technology Protect our Children?

by Kate Darling, Ron Arkin, Christina Couch, Ethan Zuckerman

One of the big things that we’re going to talk about here is para­philia. We’re going to talk about sex­ual deviance. We’re going to talk about the prob­lem of peo­ple whose sex­ual desires lead to attrac­tion to chil­dren, lead to attrac­tion towards vio­lent sex, lead to sex­ual trans­gres­sion in one fash­ion or another.

Imaging Planet Health Gabrielle Thomas

Imaging the Health of Our Planet

by Gabrielle Thomas

The inter­est­ing thing is not just fig­ur­ing out what one plant needs, but doing it on the scale of a mil­lion plants. This is where imag­ing can help. Capturing the detail, but from a dis­tance. Some farm­ers already used drones or other air­craft to do just that. But these are not tools avail­able to all. I want to ask what if pre­ci­sion agri­cul­ture could be a ser­vice acces­si­ble to any­one on the planet?

Ed Finn Ted Chiang Who What Think Future

Who and What Will Get to Think the Future?

by Ted Chiang, Ed Finn

There’s already a kind of cog­ni­tive invest­ment that we make, you know. At a cer­tain point, you have years of your per­sonal his­tory liv­ing in somebody’s cloud. And that goes beyond merely being a mem­ory bank, it’s also a cog­ni­tive bank in some way.

Mapping Food Systems Graham Macdonald

Mapping the Intricacies of Evolving Food Systems

by Graham MacDonald

In many coun­tries, the very abil­ity to eat a food like avo­cado is a direct ben­e­fit of inter­na­tional trade. We are eat­ing on an inter­con­nected planet. Food trade now shapes land use world­wide and is reshap­ing the food sup­plies of many nations.

Building Resilient Cities Andrew Gonzalez

Building Resilient Cities Through Restoration of Fragmented Urban Ecosystems

by Andrew Gonzalez

Cities form a vast global net­work con­nected by flows of energy, food, infor­ma­tion. This global net­work is the chal­lenge of the 21st cen­tury. How do we make more sus­tain­able cities, with smaller eco­log­i­cal foot­prints and more equi­table human well­be­ing?

Messing With Nature Genetics

Forbidden Research: Messing with Nature Part I: Genetics

by Kevin Esvelt, Megan Palmer, Ryan Phelan, George Church

When it comes to a field as fast-moving and as high of stakes as genetic engi­neer­ing, how do we pro­ceed wisely? How do we bal­ance our own wild­ness and civil­ity as we develop increas­ingly pow­er­ful ways to inter­act with the liv­ing world?

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