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I mean, I'm all for human augmentation, but it feels like folks are gonna fall over the first time they have to go up a curb cut. You know the inventor of Segway died by falling off a cliff on a Segway?
The article mentions that permitting is the biggest issue in European deployment. I suspect it's bad here too (NYT is reporting that the Governer of New York is facing opposition because people in the Hamptons are angry about a wind power installation). Surprisingly the Jones act is probably a serious issue as well.
I've got a bet with Reza that someone will complete that map by 2027, with this much progress in a year, I'm still confident.
If you ever heard those stories about federal agents grabbing people in Portland and whisking them away in unmarked vans, this is the follow up. Yea, it really happened, the DHS was making stuff up to try to appease Trump.
• Explanation of exactly how aiding Ukraine helps American interests from a history prof. TL;DR: proving that western aid makes a big difference in defending a country from a larger force is one of the most convincing ways we can use to show that China should not invade Taiwan. Japan is developing its military for the same reason, to prove that invading Taiwan isn't worth it.
• Thread about a really cool tool that will be available soon to simulate the cumulative effect of various housing policy changes. This is really cool because it will soon provide answers when the state asks cities whether their proposals will actually meet housing production goals.
• Story from back in 2016 when just one engineer was the only thing stopping Twitter from some really privacy-invasive money making schemes. (Maybe a good opportunity to audit which apps you give location permissions to).
• Thread about how TikTok's black box algorithm sometimes recommends Nazi-grade antisemitism to kids.