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On March 18th, at 9:58 p.m., an Uber driver hit and killed a cyclist.

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On March 18th, at 9:58 p.m., a self-driving vehicle hit and killed a cyclist.

The media likes the second version; it sounds scarier. I like the first one; it is actually true. However, neither one tells the whole story.

Uber likes self-driving vehicles, as they are a potential way to avoid paying drivers. At this time, they were working on a system where they would test self-driving…

The fusiform gyrus is a long, narrow gyrus that lies at the bottom of the brain (only the inferior temporal gyrus lies beneath it) and which extends from the base of the occipital lobe along the entire length of the temporal lobe. It is involved in high-level visual processing, and contains much of Brodmann area 37.

While this gyrus serves many functions, it is most centrally involved in color processing, face recognition, and the recognition of complex visual images, including…

In the 1980s, the Transformers toyline was seemingly unstoppable. At first, it featured toy robots who disguised themselves as realistic objects like trucks, guns, planes, and various other things. The line quickly moved beyond this realism-based theme into robotic dinosaurs, robotic insects, and combining characters. There were also figures called Triple Changers who could transform from robots into two separate vehicle forms, for…

"Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!"
"That is not only not right, it is not even wrong!"
-Credited to physicist Wolfgang Pauli


'Not even wrong' is often applied, in various paraphrasings, to any theory or argument that confuses its terms to such a point that a systematic rebuttal is not feasible. While the original usage is borderline apocryphal, it can be assumed that if Pauli used it, he was using it…