Following UC Berkeley PATH’s automated highway project of 1997, recent decades have seen a tremendous amount of progress in automating transportation. Tech giants, ride hailing services, and car manufacturers alike are jumping in on the scene. But why is traffic still a problem? This article is a synthesis of the progress and the challenges to come: improving safety, energy efficiency, and ease of use of transportation systems.
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This general-audience magazine article is the culmination of a summer reading group on the societal implications of technology, with an emphasis on the role and responsibility of researchers in science and engineering. With this article we pose many questions and answer very few, with the goal of sparking and sustaining a conversation among researchers on our role moving forward.
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Race against yourself 2016-07-24 Growing up, my dad always told us to not compare ourselves against others. You have everything it takes to be a better you.
Clear 2016-07-20 Do what you need to do, to clear your mind and be at ease Stop. Breathe. Relax. Balance, balance, balance.
Smile 2016-07-15 Smile at a stranger today Give eye contact. Notice them. Brighten someone’s day.
The open source city as the transnational democratic future | Transnational Institute 2016-07-25 Interesting perspective on an open source operating system for a city (presented in contrast to the smart city concept): The open source city clashes head-on with the paradigm of the smart city based on proprietary technology and mass surveillance, which prevails today. The smart city model created by the big multinationals sees the city’s data as ...
Recent research reveals false rumours really do travel faster and further than the truth – First Draft News 2016-07-24 We’ve got a huge signal-to-noise problem. The spreading of false rumors reminds me of phishing attacks, but now we can’t rely on spotting misspelled words (thanks, Twitter :P), poor email layouts, misleading URLs, etc. “While the median true rumour is resolved in about 2 hours, the median false rumour takes over 14 hours to be resolved,” ...
Causes of Brexit – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 2016-07-24 Prospect Theory Economics writer Chris Dillow has argued that, amongst other factors, Prospect Theory may explain in the surprising willingness of many voters to take a path widely viewed as the more risky of two (change vs status quo). In his words Prospect Theory ‘Tells us that people who feel they’ve lost want to gamble to ...