A System of Autonomous Cars

The Vehicle According to a Bundle.com study, Americans spend an average of 72 minutes a day behind the wheel. Imagine the increased productivity and general welfare if that time could be spent on other tasks, such as doing work, checking email, making calls, or even sleeping. Having to spend less time keeping one’s eyes on the road and hands on a steering wheel will free up time for life’s greater pleasures. That day may not Continue Reading →

Prison terms for Google executives in Italy?

An Italian prosecution against Google made the headlines again this week (New York Times, Bloomberg) with the news that prosecutors in Milan are pushing for three Google executives and one former executive to be sentenced to terms of imprisonment for their failure promptly to take down an offensive video from the Italian-language Google Video service in 2006. Readers in the U.S. and elsewhere may be baffled at the idea that the facts at issue should Continue Reading →