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The entire history of supposedly “non-lethal” police technologies is one for which we need greater understanding. What are these technologies really, how did they develop, and how has supposedly non-lethal technologies been made to seem safe and OK and humane? I am sure Simon knows a ton about this and no doubt there are other […]

The Tech of Death

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On June 16, 2020

Gizmodo has this series where they ask experts this or that. For this week’s version, they asked a bunch of historians about which technology has led to the most accidental death. I was one of t

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“Lost”

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On August 24, 2019
Watching Uber and Lyft fall on their faces is hilarious. Everything about the fact that these companies are hemorrhaging money after all the hype says what you need to know both about contemporary capitalism and the ways we as a society think about these things. These companies were heralded as “revolutionary.” They were the ultimate […]
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On Organizing Data

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On February 2, 2018
This is a largely self-serving post, but it’s Friday night and I could use the help of people smarter than me. I am not a particularly technology-oriented guy. I am about 3 years too old for computers to be intuitive for me and so it’s a chore to really understand new software and the like. […]
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