Can self-driving cars be too safe?

The other day, while driving I almost pulled out in front of a Google Self-Driving-Car. My natural instinct to not physically insert myself in the path of a ton of steel moving at high speeds won out, but what I that hadn’t happened? Almost certainly, the car would have slowed down (abruptly if necessary) to avoid a collision. I call this a first-order good. But possibly a second-order bad. Because, as soon as human drivers get a little...

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Internet Mob Justice isn’t

The Way I See It. An increasingly-personal account of the world as seen by someone with Asperger’s. This (now slightly-dated) article has been floating in my browser tab for a while. The lion-killer guy, Palmer, is not a good person in my book. But nobody deserves to have a “Rot in Hell” sign pasted to their front door. Concerned individuals vandalized his vacation house and scattered animal parts in the driveway. Internet...

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Misfits release

Misfits is officially released, and available for free on all major online bookstores. For non-Amazonian bookstores, the landing page has all the links. Paymonia, an autistic day-trader on the probability exchange, can’t believe her feed: Steve Jobs, Ada Lovelace, and William Shockley have returned. While these three battle an unseen foe, Paymonia scrambles to uncover a probability thief in her midst. To make this a real release party,...

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Put your name in my story

To promote my new book Misfits, I’m running a fun contest. The winner can name a character in the Time Travel Geek-out series. Put your name–or come up with another name–in the story alongside Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie. This particular character name turns out to be an alias for what will be a recurring evil character throughout the series. This particular alias might be used repeatedly, or maybe only once. What you need to...

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Ada Lovelace hardcover giveaway #TeamAda

I’m trying out a new piece of software called KingSumo Giveaways. I learn by doing, so I’m setting up a giveaway. The item is one of the most amazing books I’ve read all year, Sydney Padua‘s The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer . It’s got great art (especially the expressions on faces), tons of factual background information, technical diagrams, and...

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What adult Asperger’s feels like

The Way I See It. An increasingly-personal account of the world as seen by someone with Asperger’s. I am not a special snowflake, so surely others feel the same way. All the same, I am not speaking on behalf of any group or movement. Asperger’s isn’t contagious. A late diagnosis is a realization of what’s been there all along, plus a chance to understand yourself better. And hopefully, to more intelligently deal with...

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Ada Lovelace Time Travel Geek-out teaser

Hollywood movies have “teaser” trailers, so why not books? Read on for a limited-time offer to get your hands on it before everyone else. Not long after Steve Jobs passed, someone said (and if you find a citation for this, please comment below) that Steve Jobs would soon be filling the same role in fiction that Nikola Tesla had long occupied. That really got me thinking…and soon I had an entire story, the start of a series...

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Micah Joel

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