Rodney Brooks. As I keep saying, when the algos don’t work, programmers optimize their inputs. And when robot car algos don’t work, their proponents will argue for optimizing the built environment, pedestrian behavior, etc., at public expense. This process appears to be well along.
Yasha Levine, The Baffler
Los Angeles Review of Books
Raidió Teilifís Éireann. “The three-page document sets out the parameters of a longer white paper on the future relationship, which will be published next week.”
Gold, Goats, and Guns
South China Morning Post
FT. “If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.” —
The American Conservative
New Cold War
Valdai Discussion Club
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Guardian. The new novichok mystery, not the old one.
Democrats in Disarray
WaPo. Odd. #1 isn’t even a Democrat.
Police State Watch
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
NYT. “No charges have been filed against the owners of the Midwest Precast Concrete plant in Mount Pleasant that was raided.” So the headline is at the least partial, and at the most deceptive. Because that’s another line to divide along, right?
Salt Lake Tribune
Imperial Collapse Watch
Federation of American Scientists
Inside Higher Ed (; n = 23). “[A]dmissions officers appear to favor applicants with better grades at institutions where everyone is earning high grades over applicants with lower grades at institutions with more rigorous grading.” So much for the meritocracy?
Economic Policy Institute
In These Times. Just in time for the Roe v. Wade battle….
Wired (JB). Key paragraph:
In all that time, though, it never occurred to [Defense Digital Service (DDS)] director Chris Lynch that the same level of talent might be found within the military’s ranks. “I thought, ‘My team is the best the country has to offer, and that type of talent wouldn’t exist in uniform today,'” says [Chris Lynch, director of the DDS]…. “That’s the thing that was wrong.”
It’s almost as if something was holding all that talent back…
Daily Mail. Not sure why the cave can’t be pumped dry; Thailand is subject to flooding, so presumably they have the tech. Or not?
Antidote du jour ():
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.