Liberal Arts in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Brookings)

The Fourth Industrial Revolution marks a growth in artificial intelligence (AI), a period of machine learning that could disrupt the economy and reduce jobs. Though policy makers emphasize STEM training (science, technology, engineering, and math), many have ignored the growing role of liberal arts in the tech sector.

According to Brookings, liberal arts undergrads are entering the industry ten percent faster than computer science and engineering majors. The liberal arts’ emphasis on creative problem solving, entrepreneurship, and social intelligence contribute to increasingly valuable skills in the age of AI.  More from the Brookings Institute.

Every Country’s Favorite Book (Vice)

presents Reddit user Backforward24’s “Literature of the World,” a map illustrating the most popular books in each country.

Do you think you know the most popular book in the U.S.? See what we’re reading, and what tops the charts around the globe.

Bowdoin’s Faludi Among 2017 Guggenheim Fellows (Los Angeles Times)

Susan Faludi

Susan Faludi

On the heels of news that Susan Faludi had just narrowly missed out on a second Pulitzer Prize, comes word the research associate and former Tallman Scholar in Gender and Women’s Studies has been named a 2017 Guggenheim fellow.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced Friday that 173 fellowships had been awarded to artists, writers, scholars and scientists.


‘Far Beyond Amazon’: The Retail Meltdown of 2017 (Atlantic)

The past two years have been detrimental to retail, with already nine retail bankruptcies in 2017. Despite a growing GDP, steady gas prices, and low unemployment, hundreds of shops and malls are closing.

The rise of e-commerce, the over-supply of malls, and the “restaurant renaissance” have all contributed to the evolution of American shopping. Read more in The Atlantic.

Digipo: A ‘Wikipedia’ by College Students (Nieman Lab)

The Digital Polarization Initiative (Digipo) has piloted a claim-checking wiki for college students that helps them examine the online environments from which false claims originate.

Students collaborate to analyze and summarize topics from hate speech to neuroscience, in search of the truth. Read more in Nieman Lab.