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Stars and Stripes
NYT. In fact, in requires a strong, functioning State, but apparently it’s still taboo to say something like that in a headline.
The New Yorker. Nice people we have at Google:
One day in 2011, a Google executive named Isaac Taylor learned that, while he was on paternity leave, [robot car maven Anthony Levandowski, who later left for Uber,] had modified the cars’ software so that he could take them on otherwise forbidden routes. A Google executive recalls witnessing Taylor and Levandowski shouting at each other. Levandowski told Taylor that the only way to show him why his approach was necessary was to take a ride together. The men, both still furious, jumped into a self-driving Prius and headed off.
The car went onto a freeway, where it travelled past an on-ramp. According to people with knowledge of events that day, the Prius accidentally boxed in another vehicle, a Camry. A human driver could easily have handled the situation by slowing down and letting the Camry merge into traffic, but Google’s software wasn’t prepared for this scenario. The cars continued speeding down the freeway side by side. The Camry’s driver jerked his car onto the right shoulder. Then, apparently trying to avoid a guardrail, he veered to the left; the Camry pinwheeled across the freeway and into the median. Levandowski, who was acting as the safety driver, swerved hard to avoid colliding with the Camry, causing Taylor to injure his spine so severely that he eventually required multiple surgeries.
The Prius regained control and turned a corner on the freeway, leaving the Camry behind. Levandowski and Taylor didn’t know how badly damaged the Camry was. They didn’t go back to check on the other driver or to see if anyone else had been hurt. Neither they nor other Google executives made inquiries with the authorities. The police were not informed that a self-driving algorithm had contributed to the accident.
C’mon, let’s be fair. Who keeps track of collateral damage?
Irish Times. It doesn’t matter that May was permitted to address the EU summit; she wasn’t on the agenda. The address was a courtesy, no more.
British Politics and Policy, London School of Economics
LRB. Irish novelist Anna Burns.
NYT. I know I may be overly counter-suggestible, but audio nobody has been allowed to examine, proferred by an anonymous intelligence official, in this case Turkish, isn’t “evidence.”
Jamal Khashoggi, WaPo and Editorial Board, WaPo
Foreign Policy. The Blob on Xi vs. Deng.
Japan Times. The story is more optimistic than the headline.
New Cold War
Los Angeles Times
NYT. : It wasn’t the Russians after all! It was the Saudis!
South China Morning Post and Government Executive
New Food Economy
Democrats in Disarray
Max Boot, WaPo. Has anybody made the “Max and his brother Jack” joke yet?
Imperial Collapse Watch
(PDF) GAO. I can well believe that DOD is an enormous IT clusterf*ck, but I’m also leery of studies like this, because of the obvious implication that another round of enormous spending on weapons built like Ferraris is what’s needed, an enormous windfall for IT, which (a) wrote the code for the vulnerable systems in the first place, and (b) hasn’t demonstrated an ability to secure anything else.
WaPo. Check out the interiors. The actual Versailles was far more tasteful.
Joseph Stiglitz, Scientific American
Seattle Times. Law enforcement for profit; the tow company has a city contract, so no wonder it felt free to ignore a judge.
Foreign Policy. Lysistratic non-action…
Nancy Bailey’s Education Website
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