Killer Cars

Self-driving cars are coming for us!

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As an engineer, one of the things that irritates me most is when some public figure uses his or her pulpit to pronounce that humanity is approaching a dark hour where the machines we’ve created will soon be choosing, effectively, who lives and who dies. The implication is always that we need strong (read ‘suffocating’) regulation now, to ensure that the public is “protected”. And by that I mean to pander to, and allay the irrational fears of a general public that is generally distrustful of things they don’t understand. It is textbook fear-mongering.

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The Single-Payer Myth

Like many nations, we Canadians have many favourite pastimes. Hockey, uninvited apologies, basking in the glow of foreign praise of our healthcare system…

It’s ingrained in us from a young age. Unlike those heartless, corporate Americans, we take care of everyone, rich or poor. After all, it’s the right thing to do. No argument there.

If only it were that simple.

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Jordan Peterson

…is not really the subject of this post, but I guess he is the reason for it (plus I’m guessing that title is more likely to get attention).

Some quick context for those who are unfamiliar: Jordan Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto who made the news last year when he answered a question nobody asked about his personal stance on the use of gender-neutral pronouns by penning an open letter. In the letter, Peterson made it clear that he has no intention of ever using said pronouns, whether or not a student ever personally asks for such a courtesy. You can imagine how that went over. Ever since, he’s been making the rounds as a saviour of sorts to the virulently anti-PC crowd, giving talks about the perceived death of free-speech on campus and in broader society.

Enter Lindsay Shepherd.

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Mike Pence walks out of a football game

< Originally written on Oct. 8 >

That sounds like the setup to a terrible joke, but I’d say it’s more of a punchline.

Yes it’s that time of the week again: Sunday Night Football. That means that we get to spend the next day, possibly two, talking about who did or didn’t do what during the playing of the national anthem. How this ever became such a huge deal is still somewhat beyond my comprehension, but then again I’m not American.

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