The biggest promise of self-driving cars is that traffic will finally be democratized. All vehicles will flow smoothly through the city using optimized routes, getting everyone where they need to go safely and efficiently. But there’s a very good possibly that’s not how it will work at all. In a piece called “When All Is Optimized,” Alexandros Washburn, the former chief urban designer for New York City, acknowledges that all the smart transportation technologies we’re layering onto our streets can make life great. But he also points to a frightening way it all could go very awry: Imagine that roads have reached capacity in a mega-city. Our Waze app has hit the asymptote of optimization. You won’t go any faster from A to B whether you go this way or that. Traffic has become a zero-sum game. To go faster in a zero-sum city, each of us needs a WazeMe app to compete against other drivers. If I arrive sooner, it will mean someone else arrives later. … [Read more...] about This Is the Scariest Future for Autonomous Vehicles I Can Imagine
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Y!!!: The new video from British punk band Savages is unreal, a full immersion into noir direction with a song that emanates from the gut. Singer Jehnny Beth demands you look directly into her eyes as she belts, torch-style, “I adore life,” beseeching us all to contemplate the philosophical underpinnings of that assertion and make a silent pact with her to live vehemently while we can. Adore Life, incidentally, is the title of their forthcoming album (out January 22 on Matador) and I personally am looking forward to locking myself in a dark room alone and listening to it on full blast. They are so important. OK: “Used to Love You” is an aight number on the scale of Gwen Stefani jams, maybe a six if “Luxurious” is a 10. (It’s okay, Gwen, we don’t find Gavin all that inspiring, either.) The official remix by MAIZE gives it a little protein booster, some synths to juice it for a dancefloor, somewhere. Y: This dropped before the holidays, so … [Read more...] about Y/N: Savages Illuminate the Meaning of Life
CARAVAN When The Man Comes Around For the first eight episodes of CARAVAN, a steamy Weird West adventur Bats, Bails & Biryani The Biggest Desi Obsession Bats, Bails & Biryani is a new cricketing podcast from the BBC Asian network that will run concurrently with the Cricket World Cup through June and July. Rather than focusing on in-depth match analysis, hosts Noreen Khan and Nikesh Rughani instead celebrate the culture of cricket and what it means to the South Asian community in the U.K. and around the world. Joined for this premiere episode by YouTube personality Smash Bengali and cricketer Naomi Dattani, the panel reminisces about childhoods spent in alleyway matches played with cheap plastic bats that melted in the sun and worshipping the posters of batsmen and bowlers on their bedroom walls. Key to their devotion, they say, is the fact that South Asians just don’t have great visibility in other sports. It’s the one international game where they can … [Read more...] about Body hair: Trim it or treasure it?
“Talk to people, it’s good for you!” Bill Bryson’s wife, Catherine, tells him early in A Walk In The Woods, as they attend a funeral he wanted to avoid. “I don’t like talking to people,” he grumps back at her. And so the film’s theme is established, in a way appropriate to the rest of its content: in the most graceless, blunt, tell-don’t-show way possible. Bryson, a successful non-fiction writer who uses humor to address science, travel, and linguistics, is portrayed in the early going of A Walk In The Woods as utterly humorless, a curmudgeon wrapped up in his own sullen mind. And it doesn’t help that everyone around him—a TV morning-show host who asks Bryson dim-witted questions, a sporting-goods salesman played by Nick Offerman in a cameo, the miserable widow at that funeral—heightens his disaffection with the world by being immune to any cranky jokes he does make. The film version of Bryson is a self-absorbed … [Read more...] about Loving nature means hating the world in the contemptuous
Last week, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles told Uber it “must cease” operating its fleet of semi-autonomous cars in San Francisco, threatening unspecified consequences if it failed to do so. Uber continued the pilot program in defiance of the warning, but today the state finally made good on its threat. Advertisement Wednesday evening, the DMV revoked the registrations of Uber’s 16 self-driving cabs, saying in a statement they were “improperly issued” to test vehicles not marked as such. Shortly afterward, Uber confirmed that it was suspending its San Francisco program. “We have stopped our self-driving pilot in California as the DMV has revoked the registrations for our self-driving cars,” an Uber spokesperson told Buzzfeed. “We’re now looking at where we can redeploy these cars but remain 100 percent committed to California and will be redoubling our efforts to develop workable statewide rules.” Since … [Read more...] about Uber Pulls Self-Driving Cabs From Streets After Losing DMV Slap Fight