Conditional Optimism: Technology and Climate

In light of the announcement today by the Nobel Committee, let me say what an honor is it to be awarded the prize jointly with William Nordhaus.

The committee highlighted his work on climate, but it is also worth mentioning that his early work, starting with his Ph.D. thesis, made a very important contribution to our understanding about the economics of discovery, the area that I explored about one decade later:

It also might make sense for me to push this post the potential for technology to help us protect the natural environment:

Conditional Optimism

Jupyter, Mathematica, and the Future of the Research Paper

The Atlantic has a great article on new ways to share research results. Its three parts make three points:

  1. A graphical user interface (GUI) can facilitate better technical writing.
  2. Wolfram’s proprietary notebook showcased innovative technology, but decades after its introduction, still has few users.
  3. Jupyter is a new open-source alternative that is well on the way to becoming a standard for exchanging research results.

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