A Move for Driverless Mass Transit Hits Speed Bumps

A Move for Driverless Mass Transit Hits Speed Bumps

Sharad Agarwal has a prediction about driverless vehicles: “Autonomous public transportation is going to happen,” he says, “and it’s going to happen sooner than with taxis and cars.”Agarwal leads the North American division of EasyMile, one of several startups offering autonomous vehicle shuttles to cities and transit agencies. He believes the relative simplicity of transit…

What French Feminism Can Teach Us About Karens

What French Feminism Can Teach Us About Karens

I was looking for an excuse to dip into psychedelic French feminism of the 1970s when a new Karen video barged into my timeline. There she was: Another white woman, shrieking, stabbing the air, berserk over obscure and chronically unmet needs. Bingo. Hysteria in public spaces! A sexist trope to be mischievously “reclaimed”! French feminists,…

‘Real’ Programming Is an Elitist Myth

‘Real’ Programming Is an Elitist Myth

It’s a normal afternoon in July. I’m at work in my little corner, speaking into the camera. The children are in their rooms, regressing. I leave the bedroom-office to get more coffee. My spouse is in our small kitchen, kneading dough while on a video call of her own. I eavesdrop for a minute. She’s…

Six-Word Sci-Fi: A Story About the Upside of Failure

Six-Word Sci-Fi: A Story About the Upside of Failure

THE RADIOACTIVE COCKROACH HICCUPED, AND GRINNED.—@rosiestonies via InstagramHonorable Mentions:Still, the droid’s skin was healing. —David Gerster via Facebook“Upload Failed.” Phew, that was close. —Assa Naveh via FacebookIt exploded, but he looked hot. —Anna Rose McHugh via FacebookShe could see who had stayed. —@pameleen via InstagramHumans. Not my best work. Still … —@gg3_scorpio via InstagramThe worst…