Machines and People

How does our automated environment change us?

by Richmond Shreve


September 26th


Re:  The Internet of Things and Us

Dear  Friends,

Since the crash of the German airliner in a apparent suicide by the co-pilot, there has been heightened attention on automated flight and other ways in which our machines could make us safer.  I think our machines are fast moving from being our tools to being our collaborators. Could they soon become better than us? 

Ponder this with me ...



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