Christopher Snook

Technology and People
When ChatGPT first came along, many in the world of higher education worried it would let students outsource the hard work of research and writing to artificial intelligence. Those concerns have quickly faded – even though it does exactly that, and much more besides – and universities now embrace AI as both a labour-saving device and a learning tool. But as Christopher Snook explains, AI presents an existential threat to higher education. Not only does it encourage vapid public discourse and squelch a diversity of viewpoints and opinions, it’s another technological innovation allowing universities to dispense with their traditional job – producing students capable of and interested in free and independent thought. Part I of a special series. Part II is here.
Protecting the Vulnerable
Plenty of government policies act in opposition to one another. The Bank of Canada raises interest rates to fight inflation while politicians fall over themselves handing out money that will stoke it further. But such efforts are at least no worse than economic farce. Ottawa’s current plan to expand doctor-assisted suicide to cover mental illness while simultaneously claiming to take action against rising suicide rates surely reaches the level of ethical travesty. Christopher Snook examines the moral incongruity of the Trudeau government’s willingness to sanction almost unfettered suicide-on-demand as it also rolls out a national 988 suicide prevention hotline.

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