On an early April morning, around 4 am, a San Francisco Fire Department truck responding to a fire tried to pass a doubled-parked garbage truck by using the opposing lane. But a traveling autonomous [...]
Elon Musk’s Twitter Plans Would Mean Less Free Speech for Many
In March 2021, a Turkish court ordered the news site Diken to remove a critical story about an ally of the country’s president, Recep Tayip Erdogan. Yaman Akdeniz, a Turkish lawyer and digital rights activist, posted [...]
Benjamin Franklin Meets the Blockchain
Hi, everyone. Another grim week. The plain truth is that we have got to stop selling weapons of war to random civilians.
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Who Owns 4chan?
By 2016, Nishimura announced that the costs of running 4chan were simply too high and suggested the site’s closure was imminent. In 2018, Nishimura attempted to cleave the site in two—leaving 4chan intact, with its obscene and pornographic boards, but creating a safe-for-work alternative, [...]
An Amazon Warehouse Worker Takes the Fight to Shareholders
Amazon’s organizing warehouse workers have been rattling the ecommerce giant, winning union elections, and staging [...]
Microsoft’s Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers
Microsoft just showed how artificial intelligence could find its way into many software applications—by writing code on the fly.
Think Airport Crowds Are Bad Now? Wait ’Til Summer
The appetite to travel again after more than two years of lockdowns and mask mandate debates has yielded one completely predictable result: Many airports and airlines are unprepared for a massive surge in traffic, and things might get much worse this summer.
Spring Break 2022 was an [...]
Welcome to the Zombie Cryptocalypse
People have forgotten what unregulated markets are like. We’ve had 90 years of the SEC and reasonably regulated, well-behaved stock markets. And it turned out really well. People can trade in some sort of confidence that there are rules and so on. And people talk about crypto [...]
Texas Cites Clarence Thomas to Defend Its Social Media Law
Florida’s law remains blocked, and the state is keenly interested in the outcome of the Texas battle. Florida on Wednesday filed a [...]
The Private Equity Firm That Grounded Paul Allen’s Dream
Hey, everyone. Elon now doesn’t want to buy Twitter because it can’t count its bots. You’d think an AI guy like him would let the robots speak.
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Stratolaunch was based on a dream. Paul Allen, the unspeakably wealthy cofounder of Microsoft, had grown up in the thrall [...]