Today’s selection of articles:
- “Elon Musk’s Neuralink shows off advances to brain-computer interface“, by Daniela Hernandez & Heather Mack (Wall Street Journal, 2019-07-17).
- “Tech hearings: Congress unites to take aim at Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google“, by Steve Lohr, Mike Isaac, & Nathaniel Popper (NY Times, 2019-07-16). What is the goal of the people in government with these attacks? Really, what is really their goal? When viewed in the framework of a struggle for power, for dominance, for challenging versus preserving the status quo, for redirecting disappointment and anger against a common external “enemy”, these staged hearings (“I may remind you, sir. You are under oath.” — barf) make sense. This isn’t to say such frameworks tell the whole story, but they seem consistent with telling at least part of the story. Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked public servants. “I may remind you, madams and sirs. You are under social contract to serve the people. Under your service did these companies acquire the power and commit the acts you now make a show of condemning. You speak of trust. Do Americans trust their government? Do Americans trust you?”