James D. Miller

James D. Miller

James D. Miller is a professor of economics at Smith College, the author of Singularity Rising, and host of the Future Strategist Podcast.

It’s Time to Start Treating High School Math Like Football

It’s Time to Start Treating High School Math Like Football

As a skinny, unathletic nerd, I had no desire to play high-school football. Fortunately, no one compelled me to do so. Even if I could have become an adequate player by expending massive effort, much of the time I spent playing would have come at the expense of learning things

James D. Miller
James D. Miller
6 min read
Education
Machine Learning, Deep Fakes, and the Threat of an Artificially Intelligent Hate-Bot

Machine Learning, Deep Fakes, and the Threat of an Artificially Intelligent Hate-Bot

Fake news isn’t new. More than a century ago, newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer helped stir up enthusiasm for war against Spain by hyping the dubious claim that Spanish agents had used explosives to sink the USS Maine in Havana Harbor. The cry of “Remember

James D. Miller
James D. Miller
6 min read
AI Debate
The Apocalyptic Threat from Artificial Intelligence Isn’t Science Fiction

The Apocalyptic Threat from Artificial Intelligence Isn’t Science Fiction

Not a real personThe person in the photo that sits to the left of this paragraph does not exist. It was generated using Artificial intelligence (AI), which can now generate pictures of imaginary people (and cats) that look real. While this technology may create a bit of social havoc, the

James D. Miller
James D. Miller
10 min read
AI Debate
Microbes on Venus May Herald Human Extinction (Though Not in the Way You Think)

Microbes on Venus May Herald Human Extinction (Though Not in the Way You Think)

This week’s report that astronomers have discovered possible evidence of life on Venus is good news for science journalists. But it may be bad news for the future of humanity. One theory on why we haven’t encountered advanced civilizations from other star systems is that the conditions that

James D. Miller
James D. Miller
7 min read
Mars
Against Big Tech Viewpoint Discrimination

Against Big Tech Viewpoint Discrimination

This week, YouTube decided American conservative “shock jock” commentator Steven Crowder broke the rules of their Partner Program. Since YouTube is privately owned, shouldn’t principled free market advocates support the company’s right to purge videos Silicon Valley finds triggering, even if a disproportionate number are created by conservative

James D. Miller
James D. Miller
4 min read
Facebook
Like the Campus Thought Police

Like the Campus Thought Police

Smith College police chief Daniel Hect was put on administrative leave after becoming an object of campus hate. Chief Hect’s crime was ‘liking’ (not writing) tweets that fall outside of academia’s ever shrinking zone of toleration. Behold the offending tweets: “Stay the course Pres. Trump” “BUILD THAT WALL!

James D. Miller
James D. Miller
4 min read
Education
Google’s China Ambitions Threaten U.S. National Security

Google’s China Ambitions Threaten U.S. National Security

A month before the 2024 elections the Chinese dictator issues an ultimatum to the U.S. president: Abandon defense of Taiwan or Google will politically destroy you. If your navy does not immediately leave the Taiwan Strait, Google’s algorithms will send each American the news articles that would make

James D. Miller
James D. Miller
4 min read
Security
Exterminate Mosquitoes for the Sake of Humanity

Exterminate Mosquitoes for the Sake of Humanity

A Plea to President Trump:  Save Millions of People by Exterminating Some Annoying Bugs A hundred species of beetles will go extinct unless we eliminate 830,000 people each year to protect the insects’ habitat.  Tiny poison-filled drones can do the killing.  The drones’ automation will free us from any

James D. Miller
James D. Miller
5 min read
Health