Author Archives: Amitai Etzioni

Perspective: Should Artificial Intelligence Be Regulated?


This article is in Climate and Energy, Summer 2017


Rapid advances in computing and robotics have led to calls for government controls. Before acting, we need to distinguish among the many meanings and applications of the technology. New technologies often spur public anxiety, but the intensity of concern about the implications of advances in artificial intelligence (AI) is particularly noteworthy. Several respected scholars and […]

Transforming the Active Orientation


This article is in Summit on Human Gene Editing, Spring 2016


Our ambitions are high. We have a long list of desiderata that, in effect, entail re-engineering much of the physical and social world around us, even the self. We Americans are keen to prevent the alarming deterioration of the environment, to attain higher rates of economic growth, to reduce inequality, to curtail the number of […]

The Limits of Knowledge: Personal and Public


This article is in Applying New Research to Improve Science Education, Fall 2012


Human beings and governments typically make irrational decisions. Taking this into account in personal planning and in policymaking offers improved results. One of the most basic assumptions underlying much of Western thinking is that individuals are rational beings, able to form judgments based on empirical information and logical deliberations in their quest for a course […]

Personal Health Records: Why Good Ideas Sometimes Languish


This article is in Making College Affordable, Summer 2010


Sigmund Freud has the key to understanding how deep-rooted and often unacknowledged resistance can thwart the implementation of popular and meritorious innovations. At first blush it would seem that maintaining a personal health record (PHR) has many merits. Almost everyone would want to have health information about themselves readily available in a digital format and […]

Cybersecurity in the Private Sector


This article is in Perennial Agriculture, Fall 2011


The nation’s businesses manage a significant share of online activity related to national security and must play a larger role in ensuring the overall integrity of the system. The United States is facing major cyber attacks by criminals and agents of foreign governments, with attacks penetrating the military establishment and the private sector alike. The […]

Final Frontier vs. Fruitful Frontier: The Case for Increasing Ocean Exploration


This article is in Telling Stories, Summer 2014


AMITAI ETZIONI Possible solutions to the world’s energy, food, environmental, and other problems are far more likely to be found in nearby oceans than in distant space. Every year, the federal budget process begins with a White House-issued budget request, which lays out spending priorities for federal programs. From this moment forward, President Obama and […]