NPR, Jan. 18, 2017
In China, pollution fears are both literal and metaphorical
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, and Benjamin van Rooij, professor of law at UCI, [write]: Last month, as China encountered some of its worst pollution yet, artists in Chengdu did something bold: They put smog-filtering cotton masks over the faces of statues representing ordinary urbanites that dot a centrally located shopping street.
KCRW, Jan. 17, 2017
Tell Trump: Combat climate change
As the inauguration nears, KCRW is asking locals what they’d like to tell Trump before he takes office. For Michael Prather, a professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine, climate change is top of mind. He says that science around climate change is always evolving and although the situation is critical, it’s not too late to do something about it.
Foreign Policy, Jan. 16, 2017
Is AI sexist?
Erika Hayasaki, associate professor in the literary journalism program at the University of California, Irvine, [writes]: In the not-so-distant future, artificial intelligence will be smarter than humans. But as the technology develops, absorbing cultural norms from its creators and the internet, it will also be more racist, sexist, and unfriendly to women.
NBC News, Jan. 18, 2017
For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies?
People prefer a self-driving car to act in the greater good, sacrificing its passenger if it can save a crowd of pedestrians. They just don’t want to get into that car. … After publishing research last year surveying U.S. residents, Rahwan and colleagues at the … University of California, Irvine, are now expanding their surveys and looking at how responses vary in different countries.
OZY, Jan. 18, 2017
Bricks-and-mortar banks stage a comeback
The amount of regulation facing community banks is “astonishing,” says Robert Solomon, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. … “If you are a $100 million bank you are regulated the same way as if you are a $100 billion bank, and that’s just crazy,” he says. While huge institutions can hire compliance teams to tackle these regulations, the burden is disproportionately costly for small banks.
Previously “In the News”