What is the self-driving craze in mobility really about? Improving road safety (something not yet proven or quantified) or creating a framework where control can finally and fully be ceded from users and transferred for all perpetuity to an increasingly concentrated and faceless capital and intellectual property-owning elite?
- Benn Steil explains the Marshall Plan
- Marcel Fratzscher on the dark side of the German economy — now with transcript!!
- Marcel Fratzscher explores the dark side of the German economy
- Emi Nakamura on calculating inflation
- Stephanie Kelton explains how the government budget affects the economy and the mechanics of student debt forgiveness
- Jonathan Knee explains 25 years of Wall Street’s evolution
- Marcus Noland explains the North Korean economy
- Brad Setser explains how corporate tax policy affects the balance of payments
- Michele Wucker explains “Gray Rhinos”
- Listen - The "gray rhino" theory
- James Heckman tells us why IQ is overrated
- Mihir Desai explains the wisdom of finance — Now with transcript!
- Mihir Desai explains the Wisdom of Finance
- Can we avoid another financial crisis?
- Hirschmania, the final chapter
- The life and speeches of Sadie Alexander
- Kim Rueben on the fiscal impact of immigration
- A sit down with Adair Turner
- Stephen Kotkin explains how Stalin defined the Soviet system
- Richard Florida on geographic inequality
Notes for today’s show:
The Pentagon wants to spend billions prepping for the next stage in warfare that it believes will be defined by advances in artificial intelligence and autonomy. US deputy secretary of defense Robert Work said on Monday that the 2017 fiscal budget request will likely ask for $12-$15bn for wargaming, experimentation and demonstrations to test out the military’s theories on AI and robotics “in human-machine collaboration combat teaming”, as detailed below. The vision of the military future that Work put forth? Motherships of drones releasing little baby drones from the air and the sea, infantrymen and women sporting exoskeletons and wearable electronics loaded up with combat apps, and lone mission commanders directing swarms of unmanned vessels to carry out operations.
We don’t know when the Amazon Prime Air drones will go live, supposedly buzzing over our heads to deliver packages in under thirty minutes, other than in the “not too distant future” promised by Jeremy Clarkson. But one thing that’s already here is the inevitable combination of buzzwords: the ‘Uberization of drones.’
A passage from chapter 2 of Robot Futures, Illah Nourbakhsh’s excellent introduction to the near and distant future of robotics applications: Smog is a portmanteau that combines the natural and the artificial; fog simply reduces visibility, but when smoke and haze mix together, then quality of life decreases: runners cough, tennis players’ lungs burn, and asthma cases in children bloom.