I’m all for digitally searchable collection of all human knowledge, but let’s not exaggerate Goog’s altruism. Let’s also not imagine that anyone can part the sea of greed and selfishness in congress to get this done in the public good. At least not at this time in history.
Some really cool stuff.
But there were also strategic miscalculations. There was a sense, for example, that the insurance companies would help defend the ACA from reckless repeal efforts like the ones we’re seeing. Yet, as Vox’s Dylan Scott reports, the insurance companies are on the sidelines: “Health industry groups generally don’t love Obamacare enough to jeopardize their ability to shape the rest of the Republican agenda — including big corporate tax cuts,” he writes.
And here is what is disruptive for Big Oil: Self-driving vehicles get to combine the capital savings from the improved lifetime of EVs, with the savings from eliminating the driver. The costs of electric self-driving cars will be so low, it will be cheaper to hail a ride than to drive the car you already own.
The gendered concept of whiteness that became legible in the depiction of European woman’s blushing skin will here be seen as both an expression of anxieties about racial purity and a means by which the English formulated ideals of femininity and nationhood.