Chances are you know about the Brookings Institution. Its scholars are thought leaders across sectors such as foreign policy, current affairs, politics, and a vast array of other important topics. The Brookings Institution Press was created to bring the knowledge and opinions of these scholars to life.
By publishing books and journals written by scholars, the Brookings Institution Press makes these resources available to the public. Interested readers and students, as well as notable researchers and policymakers, all have access to these materials to read at their leisure or to expand their insight. The Press publishes around 40 books and journals every year, all of which have a significant impact on our community and society at large.
Previously, the Press has published titles like Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That is a Problem, and What to Do About It by Richard V. Reeves and Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympic and the World Cup by Andrew Zimbalist. If you’ve never read these books before, they come highly recommended. They not only address current issues, but they spark important conversations.
This year, the Brookings Institution Press has published three additional books that are poised to be as influential and engaging as other years. They are:
1. Turning Point: Policymaking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence is an incredibly disruptive advancement, one that we’ve been hearing a lot about lately. Darrell M. West and John R. Allen wrote this book to discuss in greater detail the opportunities and risks that are posed by AI. Turning Point specifically addresses how political decisions could either usher in a future utopia or could lead to dystopia. If you’re concerned about the future of AI, this is a good book for you.
2. Marijuana: A Short History
Like with artificial intelligence, marijuana has also been a topic of conversation as of late. Whatever your views, John Hudak wrote Marijuana to discuss society’s tortured relationship with the plant. Hudak goes into how public policy surrounding marijuana has been shifting, and what this could mean for the future of the United States.
3. Terms of Disservice: How Silicon Valley is Destructive by Design
Technology has such a positive influence over our lives, but it can also control our lives if we let it. Dipayan Ghosh wrote Terms of Disservice to bring to light how technology can cause deep social and political divides within many societies, specifically focusing on the tech giants that come out of Silicon Valley. If you are curious about how technology could impact your life, this is a great, informative read.
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