Nobody blinked an eye when Uber revealed Monday it was ending its self-driving trucks program. The writing was on the wall after a steady stream of high level departures from the group, including the recent defection by its top engineering and product leads. Uber said it would focus all its energies on passenger car automation for the foreseeable future. It told employees that one of the...
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Seat belts protect children in cars. Safety standards protect children from faulty or dangerous toys. All these are the result of regulatory mandates. And yet for far too long, social media companies have been allowed to develop addictive design features such as endless scroll, autoplay and push alerts that keep kids and teens hooked on their products. The longer vulnerable kids and teens are...
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