Economist Milton Friedman once said that there is no such thing as a free lunch and for many years this idea made perfect sense.  But not anymore.  These days people have a different way of thinking.  They want money for nothing, believe they are entitled to this, and expect the government to ante up.  This idea is called basic income and it’s catching on in the U.S. and many other countries.

Reuvain had an important meeting early that morning and turned on the traffic report on the radio. “Road repairs are still going on and the highway is backed up for miles,” the reporter said. Reuvain thought for a moment and then turned to his wife, “I’ll have to take the flying car this morning,” he told her. “You use the one in the driveway.”

Will artificial intelligence (AI) solve many of our problems or create new ones that are even worse? These questions are being asked more frequently because literally every day, the technology is improving and its use is becoming more widespread.  Scientists warn that these questions need to be resolved soon and, if they are not, preventing the dangers AI poses may become impossible. 

Fifty years ago, in a moment of reflection, Richard Nixon said he feared that he had created “a Frankenstein by opening the world to the Chinese Communist Party.” Recent developments in the Middle East show that Nixon’s concerns were not only justified, but may even have been understated.