Mike Gajda's Blog
Keep on steering

A Comprehensive Self-Driving Car Test

Such a test makes sense to me:

Every few years, I have to pass a test from the Department of Motor Vehicles to drive my car in Virginia (and the rest of the U.S.). Shouldn’t a self-driving car be required to do the same thing? Actually, the Waymo self-driving car passes a more comprehensive set of tests than humans do, as I found out after asking about its safety report.

Permalink

The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought

Some quotes from a excellent compendium on Uber’s awful 2017:

If respondents knew anything about Kalanick, an inveterate flouter of both workplace conventions and local transportation laws, they had a decidedly negative view.

As the clip ended, the three stood in stunned silence. Kalanick seemed to understand that his behavior required some form of contrition. According to a person who was there, he literally got down on his hands and knees and began squirming on the floor. “This is bad,” he muttered. “I’m terrible.”

Uber hired Khosrowshahi, who impressed the board with a thoughtful PowerPoint presentation that included a slide that read, “There can be only one CEO at a time.” Khosrowshahi was all that Kalanick wasn’t or couldn’t be: humble, a good listener, and a diplomat. In a pointed reversal of Kalanick’s mantra, he would say: “We don’t have a PR problem; we have an ‘us’ problem—we have behaved poorly.”

Permalink

Facebook will show you more content from friends and family

As my challenge for this month, I’ve deleted the Facebook app from my phone. Now, my only access is through the web, and the experience has been revitalizing. I didn’t realize how much time I spent aimlessly scrolling through the app. I think this is a step in the right direction, but I don’t know if Facebook will be able to pull it off.

Facebook said on Thursday that it will start to show users more posts from their friends and family in the News Feed, a move that means people will see fewer posts from publishers and brands.

According to Facebook, the move is designed to encourage people to interact more with the stuff that they actually do see. The thinking is that you’re probably more likely to comment and discuss a post shared from a family member than one shared by a business you follow.

Permalink