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“The question isn’t whether flying taxis will become reality, but when”

ai  autonomy  flyingtaxi  sustainability  from twitter
21 days ago by TomRaftery
Easy Electric Cars: Tesla's Robotaxi network has been announced - How will it work?
Easy Electric Cars
During Tesla's autonomy day for investors on the 22nd April, Musk announced that he was confident there would be a network of Robotaxis up and running by the end of 2020. That sounds great, but investors are rightfully sceptical, resulting in a drop in TSLA stock. Elon Musk does have a tendency to set unlikely... Read the full story
Shared from Apple News
To reach a Robotaxi level of autonomy, cars are going to need to be at autonomy level 5. That’s the top of a series of 5 levels set by the NHTSA in the USA. Here are the different levels:
Level 0 – No autonomy.
Level 1 – Driver assistance, such as adaptive cruise control.
Level 2 – Functions such as automated acceleration and steering, but the driver must remain alert at all times. (Where many autonomous systems are now)
Level 3 – A driver is not necessary, but must be able to take control of the vehicle at all times. (Where Tesla is).
Level 4 – Capable of performing all driving functions under certain conditions. (That’s where Waymo operates).
Level 5 – All driver functions in all conditions, no driver needed.
Tesla  taxi  roboTaxi  needsEditing  questionable  self  driving  car  different  levels  level  of  autonomy 
4 weeks ago by neerajsinghvns Blog / Workshop Debrief: How to Use the Internet Mindfully
"Last weekend I got to collaborate with Willa Köerner of The Creative Independent (TCI) to facilitate a workshop at IAM Weekend, called “How to Use the Internet Mindfully.” The workshop built on an essay series TCI and published together last year, which asked a group of artists to reflect on the habits and philosophies that help them contend with the online attention economy. This time we wanted to do something similar in person, in a space where creative internet people could talk about our feelings together.

We asked participants to complete a worksheet designed to help them get a better handle on their internet and technology habits. (You can download the worksheet if you’d like to try this—it takes about 35 minutes to complete). The first step was making a mind map of one’s various screen-based activities. Using different colors, everyone then labeled those activities as either harmful or helpful on a personal level. Finally, people jotted down a few “relationship goals” between them and the Internet and brainstormed practical steps for building up their personal agency.

We spent the last part of the workshop sharing results with one another and thinking about reclaiming the web as an intimate, creative social space. Lots of interesting ideas emerged in our conversation, so I want to highlight a few things here that stood out in particular:

1. We often have mixed feelings about certain tools (and specific ways of using those tools). For example, posting to Instagram can be an exploratory and rewarding creative process. But the anxiety about “likes” that comes afterward usually feels empty and harmful. It’s hard to reconcile these opposing feelings within the realm of personal behavior. While we know that we’re ultimately in control of our own behavior, we also know that apps like Instagram are designed to promote certain patterns of use. We don’t want to quit altogether, but we’re struggling to swim against the current of “persuasive” tech.

2. We don’t have enough spaces for talking about the emotional side effects of living with the web. Before we really dug into strategies for using the Internet more mindfully, participants really wanted to share their feelings about social media, Internet burnout, and how the two are connected. We talked about mental health and how hard it is to feel in control of apps that are essentially designed for dependency. We discussed how few of us feel happy with our habits, even though everyone’s experience is different. We wondered about the stigma that surrounds any form of “addiction,” and whether it’s ok to talk about widespread Internet use in those terms. I’m really glad these questions bubbled up, since they helped build enough trust in the room to share the more personal elements of each person’s mind map.

3. We all want to feel personal autonomy, which takes many different forms. We had a lively exchange about different ways to limit the amount of digital junk food we allow ourselves to consume. Apple’s new screen-time tracker was one example that drew mixed responses. Some people felt that a subtle reminder helped, while others felt it was totally ineffective. Some preferred to impose a hard limit on themselves through a tool like Self Control, while others rejected the premise of measuring screen time in the first place. A lot of participants focused on wanting to control their own experience, whether by owning one’s own content or simply feeling enough agency to decide how to navigate the web. We talked a bit about the dilemma of feeling like our decision-making psychology has been “hacked” by addictive design, and how crappy it feels to replace our own intuition with another technical solution. We also acknowledged that setting our own boundaries means spending even more time and emotional capital than our apps have already taken from us. That additional effort is labor we consumers complete for free, even if we don’t usually see it that way.

4. The web feels too big for healthy interaction. We also talked about how using mainstream social media platforms these days can feel like shouting into a giant room with everyone else on Earth. Many of the healthy spaces where participants felt they could genuinely share ideas were ones where they put considerable time and emotional labor into building an intimate social context. People had a lot to say about the fact that users are locked in to their online personas with all kinds of personal and professional incentives. You simply can’t stop looking, or downsize your social circles, or abandon your long-term presence, without breaking an informal social contract you never realized you signed.

The context of the conference also made me think about how we frame the work we put into our relationship with technology. When we get in front of a group, what kind of “solutions” should we be advocating? At what point to individual strategies lead to politics and advocacy?

When you focus on personal habits for long enough, it’s easy to process societal issues as problems originating in your own behavior. But as with other kinds of “self-help,” this is a framing that ignores a grotesque power dynamic. Addiction and burnout are not only matters of consumer choice, but the costs of business decisions made by enormous technology companies. The tech industry – like big tobacco and big oil – has knowingly caused a set of serious social problems and then pushed the work of remediating them onto individual consumers. Now it’s up to users to defend themselves with tools like browser plug-ins and VPNs and finstas and time trackers. As we keep talking about using the internet mindfully, I hope we can connect the dots between this kind of individual action and the larger project of securing universal rights to privacy, anonymity, and personal autonomy. By asking ourselves which tools we want to use, and how we want to use them, hopefully we can open up a broader conversation about how we move beyond surveillance capitalism itself.

I’d be interested in talking more about these connections between individual and collective actions if we get to repeat the workshop. It would be great to work with a smaller group, simplify the worksheet slightly, and get really specific about what questions we’re trying to answer. I’d like to draw on a few other ways of thinking as well, like the Human Systems framework for example. If you’d be interested in collaborating, or just have thoughts on any of this, please send one of us an email: or We’d love to hear your thoughts."
internet  mindfulness  2019  leoshaw  willaköerner  web  online  autonomy  technology  politics  advocacy  browsers  extensions  plug-ins  vpns  finstas  trackers  surveillancecapitalism  surveillance  self-help  power  socialmedia  presence  socialcontract  attention  psychology  burnout  addiction  instagram  creativity  likes  behavior 
7 weeks ago by robertogreco
The Overprotected Kid
The Atlantic Magazine 2014 article about changing practices for how/if children are allowed to play and explore on their own when growing up.
The  Atlantic  childhood  parenting  control  autonomy  exploration  play  risk 
10 weeks ago by nikomoeller
Former HP CEO Léo Apotheker tells court he didn't read Autonomy's latest accounts before fated $11bn buyout • The Register
"Now you say you've read Autonomy's 2010 annual report, around this time," said Miles. "You did not read, did you, Autonomy's quarterly or half-yearly announcements in 2011."

"No I didn't," agreed Apotheker // jaysis
hpe  hp  autonomy  pathetic 
10 weeks ago by yorksranter
Mike Lynch heads to London’s High Court in $5bn legal battle • Financial Times
Jane Croft and Aliya Ram:
<p>seven years ago, the tech entrepreneur and investor became embroiled in one of the world’s longest-running accounting scandals, after he was accused by US tech giant Hewlett-Packard of participating in serious accounting irregularities before HP paid $11bn to buy his company, Autonomy.

Mr Lynch, who has long denied the allegations, is now gearing up to fight a blockbuster $5bn civil fraud trial in London’s High Court, which is set to begin on Monday.

The case may have wide-reaching implications for the UK tech sector, which has largely stood by Mr Lynch, despite hushed conversations about the future of his other businesses and concerns among his former business partners.

HP filed the lawsuit against Mr Lynch and former Autonomy chief financial officer Sushovan Hussain in 2015, alleging that the two men were behind the fraudulent manipulation of Autonomy’s accounting information on a massive scale, leading to HP paying an extra $5bn for the company.</p>

Losing this would be calamitous for Lynch, obviously. But it's hard to argue that HP did the due diligence.
lynch  autonomy  hp 
12 weeks ago by charlesarthur
You don't speak for Low-functioning autistics - Lysik'an
You don’t speak for Low-functioning autistics
Not-autistic people use this line a lot when trying to devalue the statements of autistic people that they deem as “high functioning”.

So, as one of those “low functioning” people they point at as counter-examples, I am standing up and saying “yes they do.”
self-care  autonomy  autism/aspergers  disability-rights  cross-disability 
12 weeks ago by jesse_the_k
Cal Newport on Why We'll Look Back at Our Smartphones Like Cigarettes - GQ
"I don't fear missing out. I fear not giving enough attention to the things that I already know for sure are important."
autonomy  addiction  digital  minimalism  facebook  twitter  ideas 
march 2019 by nowthis

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