nicholast writes: "If your driverless car is about to crash into a bus, should it veer off a bridge? NYU Prof. Gary Marcus has a good essay about the need to program ethics and morality into our future machines."
nicholast writes: "A good piece by Jonah Lehrer on newyorker.com about why smart people are often more likely to make cognitive errors than stupid people. Examines research about the shortcuts that our brains take while answering questions, and explains why even the smartest people take these shortcuts too."
nicholast writes: "A story in The New Yorker about George Hotz, that takes you from his childhood to today. Explains how he hacked the iPhone and the PS3, how Sony reacted, and then how Anonymous fought back. It also explains Hotz's ambivalence about Anons. “I’m George Hotz. Everything I do is aboveboard, everything I do is legit.” The piece ends with Hotz meeting with Sony and explaining his methodology."
nicholast writes: "A New Yorker story by Ken Auletta about the connections between Stanford and Silicon Valley. The piece explains how important the University is to tech companies and venture capital firms, but it also questions whether the university has become too focused on wealth. "It’s an atmosphere that can be toxic to the mission of the university as a place of refuge, contemplation, and investigation for its own sake," says one professor. The piece also explains Stanford's conflicted thoughts about distance education: which could transform the university or prove to be a threat to it."