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Video gamers at the controls — of reality

Are we real, or are we “sims,” simulations living in a computer game?

Intellectually piggybacking on a perplexing concept surmised by Nick Bostrom, the director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, Paul D. Cotnoir, Becker College’s director of design programs, said he feels humanity will keep its humanity, no matter how technologically advanced computer games become.

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What would you do if Mayor for the day?

Welcome to March Municipal Madness – a chance to pit your favorite local priority against all the rest!

Worcester’s current median residential tax bill is $3,454, while the median commercial tax bill is $8,716. For that price, the city’s taxpayers are purchasing an impressive array of services. Yet not all are happy – taxpayers rightfully make new demands on government and regularly call for more and better services. With limited resources, government leaders must determine a system to identify valuable new policies and initiatives, and weigh those new approaches against existing municipal demands.

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Ready for a little ‘madness’? Bracketing Worcester’s priorities

Worcester’s current median residential tax bill is $3,454, while the median commercial tax bill is $8,716. For that price, the city’s taxpayers are purchasing an impressive array of services, including:
• Universally accessible elementary and secondary education;
• Maintenance of nearly 450 miles of free roads supported by approximately 700 miles of public sidewalk;
• A safety network that provides police protection and fire response;

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Anna Maria faculty address domestic violence in the area

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau held the second of its year long Fairman Cowan Collegiate Lecture Series this evening at Anna Maria College, with a focus on the far-reaching effects of domestic violence to local and regional communities.

The panel speakers on hand were Anna Maria faculty members Dr. Allen Brown, Dr. Dianne White and Professor Michael Donnelly.

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Intellectual capital

It would be easy to give in to the weather and to conclude that Worcester is a bleak winter wasteland with nothing going on but the sounds of snow-removal operations that will last for what feels like 30 more years.

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Assumption hosts Worcester Economic Index lecture

Professor Tom White reviewed his “Worcester Economic Index,” which has been in development since the summer of 2012, this evening at Assumption College as the first of a year long series called the Fairman Cowan Collegiate Lecture Series.

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