Do You Trust This Face?

Back in my PhD program, I attended a conference on the role of trust in contemporary economies. This was in 2006: the subprime mortgage crisis (and subsequent Recession) hadn’t yet happened. Enron, however, was still newsworthy, with CEO Jeffrey Skilling just sentenced to a relatively brief 24 months in prison for overseeing a decade of […]

Security Robot Has Comic Mishap, and the Internet Responds

Earlier in 2017, a security robot patrolling a Washington, D.C. technology park accidentally drove itself into a man-made pond. The robot–a K5 Automated Data Machine, manufactured by Knightscope–was patrolling at night and most likely failed to distinguish the steps leading into the retention pond from the surrounding walkway (a mistake I have also made on […]

The New, Improved Bitcoin (Now With Even Less Regulation)

It seems more and more firms are issuing custom currency to raise capital: think Bitcoin with even less regulation. Is this a good idea for, well, anyone? Mt. Gox–at the time, the second largest Bitcoin exchange in the world–shut down in 2014 after losing over $400 million in customer assets. The name “Mt. Gox” is […]