By Bart Magee, Ph.D.
Lately, it seems as if the kinds of dramatic changes that might have happened in a year’s time (or more) now occur within the span of a month. Let’s take November 2018 as an example. Climate change was big news, especially in California as the month began with the outbreak of the Camp Fire, the most destructive fire in the State’s history, which left close to 100 dead, thousands homeless, and had millions of people choking on toxic air for weeks. And the month ended with the National Climate Assessment report documenting the effects of climate change on everything from communities, to infrastructure, health, agriculture, and the economy. The report painted a bleak picture made more dismal by the lack of meaningful plans to deal with the issue. Other items in November’s news included: A woman in China who gave birth to a pair of genetically modified twins shocking scientists and medical ethicists; artificial intelligence advances creating synthetic media that can make fake videos that soon will be indistinguishable from real ones.