Yes, “Gig City’s” Public Broadband is Fast, but its Economic Future is Questionable  
Economy / Politics / Technology

Yes, “Gig City’s” Public Broadband is Fast, but its Economic Future is Questionable  

Executive Summary  The impacts of Covid-19 will continue to elicit conversation about funding municipal broadband projects, so we must be aware of the long-term financial obligations associated with these programs.     Chattanooga’s public broadband produces speeds much faster than the national average, but the economic responsibility looms far into the future.   The financial structure of the Electric Power Board’s public broadband will be difficult to duplicate, so the Chattanooga program should not be used as … Continue reading

What is algorithmic transparency and why do we need it?
Technology

What is algorithmic transparency and why do we need it?

On February 11, 2013, Eric Loomis was arrested in Wisconsin for his part in a drive-by shooting. He pleaded guilty to knowingly fleeing an officer.  During the sentencing, the judge consulted an algorithm that predicted how likely Loomis was to recidivate. Because of his criminal history and other factors weighed by the algorithm, Loomis was … Continue reading

Regulation / Technology

Say Yes to Supersonics 

The age of supersonic transport has returned. This time around, advocates want it not only to succeed but also to become the new way of commercial air travel. This post will provide the history of supersonic transport, the current efforts, and the regulatory hurdles that need to be conquered to make supersonic transport a reality again.   History   The first breakthrough in supersonic transport occurred … Continue reading

Salads, I-Pads, and Anomie
America / Communications / Culture / Politics / Technology

Salads, I-Pads, and Anomie

What’s an Eatsa? Earlier this month the DC branch of the fast-casual restaurant, Eatsa officially closed its doors. Eatsa, founded in 2015 and based in San Francisco has a unique business model that limits human interaction and separates the consumer from the producers of the product, which in this case happens to be salads. Often … Continue reading

Ghost in the Machine: What is Moral Behavior for Autonomous Vehicles?
Technology

Ghost in the Machine: What is Moral Behavior for Autonomous Vehicles?

In the wake of the recent fatal Tesla Model S autopilot crash, media and public attitudes toward self-driving car technology have cooled.  For some, the vision of a utopian future with zero automobile fatalities has come crashing down, replaced with the stark reality that the technology is not yet perfect.  Still, pessimists should note that … Continue reading