Links 7/7/18

What Is the Sun Made Of and When Will It Die? Quanta

Measles case confirmed in Portland, about 500 people possibly exposed KATU

Bothersome Bystanders and Self Driving Cars Rodney Brooks. As I keep saying, when the algos don’t work, programmers optimize their inputs. And when robot car algos don’t work, their proponents will argue for optimizing the built environment, pedestrian behavior, etc., at public expense. This process appears to be well along.

Google’s Controversial Voice Assistant Could Talk Its Way Into Call Centers The Information

The Singular Pursuit of Comrade Bezos Medium

“I Was Devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets Vanity Fair

Jaron Lanier on fighting Big Tech’s ‘manipulation engine FT

All EFF’d Up Yasha Levine, The Baffler

The Long View: Surveillance, the Internet, and Government Research Los Angeles Review of Books


May gains backing for ‘soft Brexit’ plan FT

British cabinet agrees UK-EU free trade area Brexit plan Raidió Teilifís Éireann. “The three-page document sets out the parameters of a longer white paper on the future relationship, which will be published next week.”

Brexit: Barnier urges Theresa May to reconsider rejected Irish plan Belfast Telegraph


Is the U.S. about to give up on its lawless and catastrophic adventure in Syria? Salon

Grand Bargain Taking Shape? U.S. to Pull Out of al-Tanf Gold, Goats, and Guns


US, China deliver on threats as ‘biggest trade war in economic history’ starts at high noon South China Morning Post

Pakistan seeks more loans from China

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