Huei Peng

Podcast #20: Huei Peng and Driverless Cars

A tour of autonomous vehicle testing track Mcity with director Huei Peng answers many questions, and raises others.

Google’s Smart Reply: Convenience Over Connection

Gmail offers users canned responses to emails, based on AI interpretations of the contents and the user’s typical writing style. This convenience, unknown to the recipient, comes at a social cost.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic’s Legacy of Pollution

Our obsession with disposability and sterility has ironically led to an explosion of plastic, which is non-biodegradable and full of contaminants.

Podcast #8: Tim Wu On Attention and Communications Networks

Tim Wu is a renowned scholar on our communications networks, having coined the phrase “net neutrality” and written extensively on the subject both inside and outside of government and academia, including the White House and Columbia University. His latest book, The Attention Merchants, is a history of advertising, and it’s not pretty. He spoke with us about our declining private spheres, the current state of the Internet, and the effects of what he calls The Cycle, as new communications technologies inevitably move from open to closed.

Convenience, Control, and Contempt: Uber (part two)

It long ago became an agreed upon standard of liberal capitalist democracy that a monopoly was a bad thing. This [...]