Ahead of the Curve: How to Kill the Internet
One of the legal foundations of the freewheeling internet is under attack in Washington, DC. When the internet first got rolling a quarter century ago, it didn't take long for the firms enabling millions of... Read More
Ahead of the Curve: God on AI
Artificial intelligence (AI) will be the most important world-changing force of this century, just as electricity was of the last. The complications involved with the machine power to mimic (or perhaps someday exceed) the one... Read More
Ahead of the Curve: Time for a Wealth Tax
Two weeks ago I wrote favorably about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s plan to expand antitrust enforcement against the tech industry. Today I comment, again favorably, on her proposal for new taxes on the wealth (not just... Read More
Ahead of the Curve: Break Up Google?
I’ve given my life to Google. I use Google’s search feature, its browser, its videos, its operating system, its calendar, its contacts, its flight reservations, its news organizer, its step counter, its heart-rate monitor, its... Read More
Ahead of the Curve: Facial Recognition Grandstanding
Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors don’t normally attract national press attention, but that changed two weeks ago when Supervisor Aaron Peskin garnered headlines for proposing an outright ban on the city’s use... Read More
Ahead of the Curve: AI vs. Bias
Every now and then an idea comes along that’s so elegant, so obvious (at least in hindsight), that I want to smack my forehead and exclaim, “Why didn’t I think of that? I could have... Read More
Ahead of the Curve: Who Should Censor?
The ideal of “free speech” notwithstanding, some speech should be censored. Rules should attempt to prevent it from occurring, and/or punishment should be meted out if it occurs. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’s hypothetical of shouting... Read More