Editor's note

Artificial intelligence and automation are transforming jobs for both blue-collar and white-collar workers – but they’re about to bring even more substantial changes to higher education, writes AI researcher and computer scientist Subhash Kak. If colleges and universities don’t adopt technology in a number of ways, “they risk becoming obsolete,” he says.

Psychologist Jean Twenge helped draft a letter sent by two large Apple shareholders over the weekend imploring the company to design its products in a way that gives parents more control. Citing the effects excessive smartphone use can have on kids’ mental health, Twenge explains why she thinks it’s time for Apple to make some changes.

And when Tufts University professor of psychiatry Ronald Pies was growing up in the 1950s, he and his friends tried to emulate the ‘cowboy code’ they saw embodied by role models on TV. Now he wonders how the evolving media archetypes of masculinity might contribute to increases in mass shootings and reports of sexual harassment.

Jeff Inglis

Science + Technology Editor

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A professor teaches an online class with students from around the world. AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl

Universities must prepare for a technology-enabled future

Subhash Kak, Oklahoma State University

Artificial intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, traditional universities.

Kids shouldn’t be expected to self-regulate the amount of time they spend on the device. And parents are finding it tougher and tougher to impose limits. Brazhyk/Shutterstock.com

Does Apple have an obligation to make the iPhone safer for kids?

Jean Twenge, San Diego State University

The problem isn't kids owning smartphones. But when daily use exceeds two hours a day, mental health issues start to crop up.

Stars of TV Westerns embodied a Cowboy Code. ABC Television

From cowboys to commandos: Connecting sexual and gun violence with media archetypes

Ronald W. Pies, Tufts University

With mass shootings and sexual harassment reports on the rise, a psychologist reflects on how the evolving nature of male role models in the media may be contributing.

Politics + Society

  • Fit to serve: Data on transgender military service

    Brandon Hill, University of Chicago; Joshua Trey Barnett, University of Minnesota Duluth

    Here's the research that explains why President Donald Trump's ban on transgender military service was so easily struck down.

Economy + Business

  • Why Iran's protests matter this time

    Nader Habibi, Brandeis University

    Although the unrest that shocked Iran's ruling elite appears to be over, there are several reasons to think this won't be the last time disaffected citizens take to the streets.

Ethics + Religion

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