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This week we’re diving into some interesting (and relevant) ideas: the Overton window of political possibility and the use of artificial intelligence in the fight against climate change.
We explore how an idea from a libertarian think tank caught the imagination of both conservative and progressive modern political leaders, how scientists are using artificial intelligence to map El Yunque national forest, and why we should joke more about the things we wish would come true.
Story #1: The Overton Window (Olivia)
Overton Window, Conceptually.org
President Bush on Same Sex Marriage, CNN, 2004
Backdrop for Vote on Same-Sex Marriage Rights: A Big Shift in Public Opinion, New York Times, November 16, 2022
Same-Sex Marriage Support Inches Up to New High of 71%, Gallup, June 2022
President Calls for Constitutional Amendment Protecting Marriage, GWB White House Archives
The Flaws of the Overton Window Theory, The New Republic
Let’s Stop Talking About the “Overton Window”, Jacobin, September 2020
(P.S. It’s page 133 in It’s Not That Radical where Mikaela Loach talks about the Overton Window, I found it after the episode! – Olivia)
I also didn’t see this 2017 Vox video until after the episode, but it’s an interesting watch for the ways the Overton Window (as it is used by people like Donald Trump) can be very dangerous: How Trump makes extreme things look normal
Story #2: Climate AI (Elise)
Artificial Intelligence—A Game Changer for Climate Change and the Environment, Columbia Climate School, June 2018
HOW AI CAN HELP COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE, John Hopkins HUB, March 7, 2023
How To Fight Climate Change Using AI, Forbes, July 2022
What AI Can Do for Climate Change, and What Climate Change Can Do for AI, Scientific American, April 2022
Multi-Mission Algorithm and Analysis Platform (MAAP), Earthdata
AI can help fight climate change—but it can also make it worse, Popular Science, May 2022
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