Poli Sci and Globalization. Imperialism, exclusive knowledge, power, resources. if we were to add up all of the billions available from this list of mostly north American/US companies, what percentage of the globe’s total annual “cultural production” budget would that be? the power to narrate — to include and exclude, to interpret and misinterpret — trumps every other form of power. as i often note in classes, not that one form of imperialism is better than another — physical-economic-political imperialism one can fight and resist and easily see when victory appears; cultural imperialism — much much more complicated and difficult to process and handle. Professor Liang
Apple’s streaming service is cheap, but how does it stack up against Amazon, Netflix and Disney?
Poli Sci and all classes. well, my sarcastic-ish initial reaction is “Hey, my students probably would prefer a robot over me ….”, and (see illustration) i would certainly hope our future robot AI professors would have better clothing than that. two sessions in and we have already had some very excellent ideas discussed about the promises and limitations of modern technology — not either/or, but for what purpose, when and how, and that big question i asked — are we using technology, or is technology using us? here, a broader, deeper connection to what we discussed Thursday — if the core engine driving globalisation is economic — and more specific, profit making, then a companion to that big question is, are we using AI robot professors because they make life better, more humane, more satisfying, or is it because it is yet another way to squeeze every last dollar out of the means of production? at the end of our Thursday session our classmate Anna asked about how much technology versus in person contact i use for networking — and in my answer i spoke basically of something inherently human — subjective, random-ish, intuitive — not a line of computer code, but something that comes from a human’s brain/soul. with emphasis on the idea that i am always actively thinking about the technology choices i am making, rather than passively letting technology designs dictate what and when i use them. while i have been experimenting with online teaching, because we are all being pressed in that direction, and because i am interested in technology, i am also skeptical of squeezing even more actual direct human interactions out of our lives. nor am i convinced that investing in more technology and machines will actually become profitable in the long run. in any case, always promising and fun to see an article appear relating to what we just discussed in class — and for Globalisation and Historiography, expect these ideas/themes to appear all semester as well. Professor Liang
Will AI replace university lecturers? Not if we make it clear why humans matter
Poli Sci 2019. this is a really good, local example of why the usual big government versus no government frame of American political debate is so limiting. i can already hear the two extremes of keyboard warriors. on one side the “if it’s profitable then private business would have already invented this route ….” in which case Duluth and surrounding communities would have disappeared decades ago; and the other side, “government should pay for even more routes” …. in which case we would go bankrupt even faster than projected. while i myself am a government skeptic (based upon decades of skepticism towards any form of power and bureaucracy ….), i also know that most of the small to medium sized towns north, west, and south of the Twin Cities would have disappeared had it not been public policy — taxes, government budget, etc. so, perhaps the argument ought to be less about big versus no government, but over how and when — this is why in different classes i have made such a big deal about public policy — between election rhetoric and hyper polarized political and journalistic worlds, roads still have to be maintained, schools paid for, elders cared for, and ultimately, those are not products of theoretical political arguments, but public policy compromises. Professor Liang
Duluth to Denver? Airport seeks federal funding for direct route