Racism at Tesla Might Explain Why Their “Autopilot” Crashes So Often

If you already know an infamous company is run by a white man from South Africa who grew up wealthy during apartheid (hint: his claims of $100K in debt at an early age are admitting his privilege and leverage, also known as credit)… then you might not be surprised to hear that racism is a … Continue reading Racism at Tesla Might Explain Why Their “Autopilot” Crashes So Often

Rivian penalized for price hike as market awards Tesla “prize” for price hike

File this one under why markets clearly are not even close to rational. Here’s one headline from March: Tesla raises prices across entire range The March 15th price hikes are purely speculative to “protect” the company from consumers demanding value from cars sometime in the future. The price increases are designed to cover higher costs … Continue reading Rivian penalized for price hike as market awards Tesla “prize” for price hike

Tesla’s Blackface Robot: Promoting Slavery as Fantasy?

An infamous blackface performance by Tesla indicates to me the company is promoting a fantasy of robots that invokes a discussion of slavery. What do you see here? Does a white man dressed all in black seem odd standing next to a robot made to appear like a black woman dressed all in white? I … Continue reading Tesla’s Blackface Robot: Promoting Slavery as Fantasy?

Tesla Safety Fail: “Full Self Driving” Can’t Read Even Basic Traffic Signals

I just got off the phone with a technology reporter for a major newspaper, where I was asked about the risks of facial recognition. That’s a deep topic, since crime using faces (deepfakes, impersonation) can apply to almost anything (fraud/theft, racism, classicism). However, I ended the call by warning about even broader risks in recognition … Continue reading Tesla Safety Fail: “Full Self Driving” Can’t Read Even Basic Traffic Signals