Tuesday, 8 July 2014

No, Virginia, There Is No Moral Right to Throttle Uber

Uber car ride service has a problem. The problem is not that the company lacks customers eager to use its services or investors eager to finance it: Uber now operates in 70 cities, and recently it raised $1.2 billion from investors. Uber’s problem is that various state and local governments are seeking to throttle it.

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Lifelike Androids are Improving People’s Lives Today

Although androids often get a bad rap in science-fiction movies and video games, real-life androids are already improving people’s lives—and making “careers” of it. Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation has actually “hired” two lifelike androids: Kodomoroid will read the latest news from the Internet, and Otonaroid will converse with visitors about science and technology. The androids were designed by Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University, whose previous work includes a lifelike clone of himself.

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