Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen Predict the Future
Eric Schmidt is the Executive Chairman for Google (formerly CEO from 2001–2011). Prior to joining Google, Eric served on the board of directors for Apple Inc., the board of trustees for both Carnegie Mellon and Princeton Universities, was the chairman and CEO of Novell, Chief Technology Officer at Sun Microsystems, and served on the research staff at Xerox PARC, Bell Labs and Zilog. In 2005, Eric and his wife, Wendy, created The Schmidt Family Foundation, which focuses on the responsible use of energy and natural resources. The Foundation has launched several projects on Nantucket, including ReMain Nantucket, a program that seeks to build on the island’s unique history of conservation, independence and innovation.
Google's Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen argue why the future will empower the good, not the evil.
Does the President get to decide when to ignore the law?
- During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln decided to suspend habeas corpus, a protection in the Constitution that prohibited imprisonment without a trial.
- From Lincoln's point of view, following the law to the letter during that unprecedented and pivotal moment in history (i.e. the threat of war and secession from the Union) would put lawfulness itself at risk, so some restrictions of civil liberties were necessary.
- The war and the president's actions changed how the founding document is interpreted and sometimes challenged by the rule of men.
Is information the fifth form of matter?
- Researchers have been trying for over 60 years to detect dark matter.
- There are many theories about it, but none are supported by evidence.
- The mass-energy-information equivalence principle combines several theories to offer an alternative to dark matter.
Whether or not women think beards are sexy has to do with "moral disgust"
- A new study found that women perceive men with facial hair to be more attractive as well as physically and socially dominant.
- Women tend to associate more masculine faces with physical strength, social assertiveness, and formidability.
- Women who display higher levels of "moral disgust," or feelings of repugnance toward taboo behaviors, are more likely to prefer hairy faces.