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Open letter to Jeffrey Sachs on the Russia-Ukraine war

Dear Dr. Sachs, We are a group of economists, including many Ukrainians, who were appalled by your statements on the Russian war against Ukraine and were compelled to write this open letter to address some of the historical misrepresentations and logical fallacies in your line of argument. Following your repeated appearances on the talk shows … Continue reading »

Is ChatGPT a False Promise?

Noam Chomsky, Ian Roberts, and Jeffrey Watumull, in “The False Promise of ChatGPT,” (New York Times, March 8, 2023), lament the sudden popularity of large language models (LLMs) like OpenAI’s ChapGPT, Google’s Bard, and Microsoft’s Sydney. What they do not consider is what these AIs may be able to teach us about humanity. Chomsky, et … Continue reading »

Need Quick Climate Solutions? Check Out UC Berkeley Law’s “Climate Break” Podcast

Climate change news is often quite depressing, with frequent stories on the science and ever-worsening impacts. What gets lost in this otherwise important coverage is the amazing and inspiring tales of innovation and solutions happening all around us, in every sector and walk of life. That’s why Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy and the … Continue reading »

Despotism strikes back: why the free world needs to defeat Russia

Co-authored with Ilona Sologoub (VoxUkraine) The Russian attack on Ukraine rekindled debates about pros and cons of various economic and political models. Do we need a concentration of economic and political power to survive in the current environment? What is the role of the state? How much freedom should people have? China, Russia and others … Continue reading »

Russian aggression against Ukraine meets the criteria for genocide

Co-authored with Ilona Sologoub (VoxUkraine) and James Hodson (AI for Good Foundation) Cemetary in Ukraine; source: individual diary entry on As early as April 2022, when atrocities in Irpin and Bucha (Kyiv region) became widely known, Western media began discussing whether Russia’s actions in Ukraine constitute a genocide. Some of them noted that the … Continue reading »