Academic Writing

What If Your Autonomous Car Keeps Routing You Past Krispy Kreme?

Author(s): 
Patrick Lin
Publication Date: 
January 22, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from The Atlantic.

On a future road trip, your robot car decides to take a new route, driving you past a Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop. A pop-up window opens on your car’s display and asks if you’d like to stop at the store. “Don’t mind if I do,” you think to yourself. You press “yes” on the touchscreen, and the autonomous car pulls up to the shop.

Promote Transparency, Secure the Internet, and Codify the Reforms

Publication Date: 
January 16, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from Slate.

The president on Friday will give a long-awaited speech addressing what he intends to do about National Security Agency surveillance programs that have come to light since June. According to press reports, his administration is still culling recommendations, and it is unclear whether he will make the most important decision of all: to no longer spy on American citizens without cause.

They're watching. How can that be a good thing?

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
January 13, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from Stanford Magazine.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT ROBOTS? Our fascination with these machines dates back centuries. The ancient Greeks built them. Robots haunted the Industrial Revolution. For a time in the 1980s, the decade that brought us Short Circuit, The Terminator and RoboCop, it seemed that the United States had caught robot fever.

Why Grandma Shouldn't Have Posted Instagram Pics On Facebook

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
January 7, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from Forbes.

A well-intentioned grandmother accidentally hurt her grandkids’ feelings. She took screenshots of their delightful Instagram photos and proudly uploaded them to Facebook for all of her social network friends to see. If the younger generation didn’t set their accounts to private, could Grandma possibly have committed a faux pas? All she did was lovingly pass along publicly available information!

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