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Noah Smith is an assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University. His blog is Noahpinion.
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Will Weaponized Drones Eventually Replace Soldiers?

March 11, 2014 The human race is on the brink of momentous and dire change. It is a change that potentially smashes our institutions and warps our society beyond recognition. It is also a change to which almost no one is paying attention. I’m talking about the coming obsolescence of the gun-wielding human...

Analysis: Drones Herald the End of the Age of the Gun

March 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The human race is on the brink of momentous and dire change. It is a change that potentially smashes our institutions and warps our society beyond recognition. It is also a change to which almost no one is paying attention. I’m talking about the coming obsolescence of the gun-wielding human...

The end of labor: How to protect workers From the rise of robots

January 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here's a scene that will be familiar to anyone who's ever taken an introductory economics course. The professor has just finished explaining that in economics, "efficiency" means that there are no possible gains from trade. Then some loudmouth kid in the back raises his hand and asks: "Wait, so if...

What Japan's government can teach us about fighting fat

September 7, 2012 The well-known statistics on American obesity were anecdotally confirmed for me on a recent layover in Canada, when I was struck once again by how easy it is to tell Canadians from Americans. Those who headed for the "American passport holders" line looked lumpy in all the wrong places. Those...

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