Pluralistic: Microsoft pinky swears that THIS TIME they'll make security a priority (14 Jun 2024)


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Pluralistic: The antitrust case against Apple (22 Mar 2024)


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Pluralistic: How I got scammed (05 Feb 2024)


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Pluralistic: Demon-haunted computers are back, baby (17 Jan 2024)


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Pluralistic: Kinkslump Linkdump (09 Dec 2023)


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Pluralistic: Booklist on "Red Team Blues" (13 Jan 2023)


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Pluralistic: 15 Nov 2022 Tracers In the Dark


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Pluralistic: 09 Nov 2022 Delegating trust is really, really, really hard (infosec edition)


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Pluralistic: 11 Oct 2022 Trusting (machine learning) trust; The housing market turns (more) toxic


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Car Wars

The Real Trolley Problem

A Times Square traffic jam; all the cars’ windscreens have been filled with the menacing red eye of HAL9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The background has been filled with a Matrix “code-waterfall” effect.
joiseyshowaa/CC BY-SA 2.0 (modified); Cryteria/CC BY 3.0 (modified)

Author’s Note: This short story was originally commissioned by Deakin College as part of an AI ethics course; they have since take it down. This is its new home. For a nonfiction analysis of the problems set forth herein, see my Guardian column on the subject. Here’s an audio edition.

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