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artificial intelligence | Jan 9th, 2018

A.I. Expert Martin Ford Explains What Investors, Managers, (and Everyone Else) Need to Know About the Robotics Revolution

Martin Ford is one of the world’s leading A.I. speakers. He’s the bestselling author of Rise of the Robots and his TED talk has been viewed over a million times. Ford’s latest keynote breaks down some of the key tech underlying this revolution for non-tech audiences, and explains exactly what it... Continue Reading →
mental health | Jan 9th, 2018

In Treating Depression, We Need More Than Drugs. Johann Hari’s Lost Connections Proposes a New Path

The new book by speaker Johann Hari already has a fan in Hillary Clinton, who says that “Lost Connections offers a wonderful and incisive analysis of the depression and alienation that are haunting American society.”  Is Everything You Think You Know About Depression Wrong? From The Guardian... Continue Reading →
mental health | Jan 3rd, 2018

Violinist and Street Symphony Founder Vijay Gupta Creates a Formidable New Model for Helping the Homeless

In the January 1 issue of The New Yorker, music critic Alex Ross writes about “visionary Los Angeles violinist” Vijay Gupta and his organization Street Symphony, which invites LA’s homeless, mentally ill, and incarcerated communities to attend and make music with the best classical musicians in the... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Dec 28th, 2017

Fighting Fake Stories with Real Ones: Lavin Signs David Rohde, Pulitzer Prize–Winner and News Director of NewYorker.com

David Rohde has covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia. But tracking the polarization and propaganda of Trump’s presidency for NewYorker.com has been one of the toughest challenges of his career. On stage, he explains why “original, ethical, fact-based reporting” is more vital than ever.... Continue Reading →
| Dec 22nd, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: The President’s Alternate Reality, Ending a Parenting Debate, and Suki Kim vs. a Public Radio Icon

In this Lavin Weekly, Yascha Mounk outlines a dark new era in American politics; Susan Pinker presents evidence to end the spanking debate once and for all; and Suki Kim’s takedown of a public radio icon earns her a spot on the Longreads Best Investigative Reporting of 2017 list.  1. “Mr. Trump,... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Dec 15th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: An Atlantic Interview, Fake News, Robot-Proof Kids, and What Really Caused the Agricultural Revolution

In this Lavin Weekly, Nikole Hannah-Jones’ Atlantic Interview; Derek Thompson talks fake news; Martin Ford is asked if a person can robot-proof their kid’s future; and Reza Aslan breaks down the agricultural revolution.  1.“Whether you have integrated communities or segregated communities, you... Continue Reading →
technology | Dec 14th, 2017

Among the “Top Influencers” on LinkedIn for 2017 Is Nicholas Thompson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired

LinkedIn’s Top Voices: Influencers are those who are “curating what you need to know to stay ahead when it comes to understanding the world and your career.” This year, Wired editor-in-chief, Nicholas Thompson made the list (alongside Canadian superstar Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and GE Vice... Continue Reading →
artificial intelligence | Dec 12th, 2017

“The First Book to Explain the Economics of Artificial Intelligence”: Advance Praise for Prediction Machines by Speaker Ajay Agrawal

“What does Artificial Intelligence mean for my business? Read this book and find out.” That’s Google’s chief economist on Ajay Agrawal’s highly anticipated book Prediction Machines—a crystal clear, realistic assessment of how AI will actually affect the economy. No hype, no speculation, just the... Continue Reading →
writing | Dec 11th, 2017

The Best Speakers. The Best Writers. Lavin Exclusives Lead The Best American Writing of 2017

2017 is winding down, which means “best of” lists are burning up the Internet. But what about something you can read when the snow knocks out your Wi-Fi? The annual Best American series are a cultural barometer representing the upper echelon of writing. This year, six of our speakers are in them—a... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Dec 8th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Melting Ice, Digital Nudging, Surrealist J20 Nightmares, and The Psychology of Infidelity

In this Lavin Weekly, Laurence C. Smith explains where the water goes when Greenland melts; Shlomo Benartzi says digital nudges can make us better at life; Molly Crabapple sketches the J20 trials; and Esther Perel reveals why we cheat.  1. “As Greenland melts, where’s the water going?” In the... Continue Reading →
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