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Experimental Security Research of Tesla Autopilot (PDF) Tencent Keen Security Lab. Note the ownership; however, most AI triumphalism seems to ignore the possibility that people will game the AI’s sensors, as in this study, when in fact that’s the very first thing they will do, in the wild. Those cheeky, curious, fun-loving anthropoids!
New Yorker’s Dino Fossils Profile Features Pitfalls of ‘Science as Performance’ The Wire (The New Yorker story; more from the BBC).
Americans Are Smart About Science FiveThirtyEight
Jeremy Corbyn could be poised for Downing Street if May calls an election after shock poll reveals Labour have taken a FIVE-point lead over Tories… while Boris is still favourite to succeed the PM Daily Mail
Mao Zedong’s ‘little red book’ gets modern twist with mobile app for studying ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ South China Morning Post
Getting Rongcheng Right China Law Translate. Actual operation of the social credit scoring scheme.
Vietnam to Venezuela: US Interventionism and the Failure of the Left Adolph Reed, Common Dreams. Important. Grab a cup of coffee.
Trump plans to cut U.S. aid to 3 Central American countries in fight over U.S.-bound migrants WaPo. El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
New Cold War
From Global Order to Global Transition Russia in Global Affairs. “The current post-Washington world transition is analyzed here in the context of theoretical studies concerning the previous post-Vienna, post-Paris, post-Versailles and post-Yalta transitions and their historical experience. The article concludes that the current post-Washington transition is irreversible, yet it may take more time than the previous ones and extend beyond 2050.” Dense, but interesting.
Taibbi: On Russiagate and Our Refusal to Face Why Trump Won Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
The 2016 campaign season brought to the surface awesome levels of political discontent. After the election, instead of wondering where that anger came from, most of the press quickly pivoted to a new tale about a Russian plot to attack our Democracy. This conveyed the impression that the election season we’d just lived through had been an aberration, thrown off the rails by an extraordinary espionage conspiracy between Trump and a cabal of evil foreigners.
This narrative contradicted everything I’d seen traveling across America in my two years of covering the campaign. The overwhelming theme of that race, long before anyone even thought about Russia, was voter rage at the entire political system.
The anger wasn’t just on the Republican side, where Trump humiliated the Republicans’ chosen $150 million contender, Jeb Bush (who got three delegates, or $50 million per delegate). It was also evident on the Democratic side, where a self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialist” with little money and close to no institutional support became a surprise contender.
Chris Arnade, who coined the phrase “volatility voters,” saw the same thing in his travels.
How the Media Got it Wrong on Trump and Russia The National Interest. The headline erases the intelligence community from the story. The article does not.
The Mueller Bait and Switch Elizabeth Drew, Project Syndicate
So That’s Over, and What’s Next? Garrison Keillor, Reader Supported News (Furzy Mouse).
The Story We Are Not Talking About Enough Public Health Post. “Shouldn’t we then start paying attention to the worst American health deterioration in a 100 years?” Just when everything’s going according to plan?
Anti-Vaxxers: Singular in Focus, Varied in Argument MedPage Today
Bjorn’s Corner: The Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash, Part 3. Leeham New and Analysis (parts one and two). These are all very good.
Big Tech needs a Big Fix Boston Globe
GM squeezed $118 million from its workers, then shut their factory LA Times. Reparations needed…
Appl Still Hasn’t Fixd Its MacBook Kyboad Problm WSJ. Massiv takdown. Perhaps Apple wants be a services business, and not a hardware business, like that time GM decided it was going to be a finance company with a factory attached. If that’s the goal, acing out the creatives who, despite every obstacle placed in their way, still use Apple’s increasingly crapified products seems like a dumb move, but what would I know?
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