AIF BLOG - April 2015

April 27, 2015
 If a driverless car came upon a bus stuck in the middle of the road, would it plow into the bus, possibly killing all the occupants, or drive off the road, killing the driver? During the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival session Drones, Phones, and Robotic Friends, a panel of experts considered this and other ethical and social questions surrounding technologies that are poised to become more and more a part of our daily...
April 14, 2015
 By Catherine Lutz, guest blogger As the gun debate intensifies and becomes more and more partisan and polarized, lost in the noise are voices like Dick Metcalf, a historian, writer, and lifetime gun owner who believes strongly in the Second Amendment and regulated armament. At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, Metcalf discussed how his views on firearms training got him terminated from Guns and Ammo...
April 03, 2015
 From student loan interest rate hikes to colleges savings to the recent freeze on maximum Federal Pell Grant, the issues surrounding access and affordability go far deeper than the increasing price tag of a college degree. Sandy Baum, David Leonhardt, Anthony P. Carnevale, and Michael McPherson, discussed college affordability with the Aspen Institute's Josh Wyner at the Festival. (Watch full session here.) And...