Episode 180: Electric Urinals

Grumpy Old Bens

The Olympics, piracy, recreating someone using AI after they are dead, migraines, a basketball playing robot, facial recognition, new regulations on what computers you can buy in California and Washington, electric cars igniting, and more on this episode of Grumpy Old Bens.

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NOTES / LINKS:

Chicago shootings: 70 shot, 12 fatally, in weekend violence across city
https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-shootings-gun-violence-police-weekend/10909776/

Chicago expressway shootings continue to surge despite $12.5M grant, federal intervention
https://www.foxnews.com/us/chicago-expressway-shootings-surge

Horrifying robot plays basketball at Olympics
https://nypost.com/2021/07/25/scary-looking-robot-steals-the-show-at-olympics/

A man used AI to bring back his deceased fiancé. But the creators of the tech warn it could be dangerous and used to spread misinformation.
https://www.businessinsider.com/man-used-ai-to-talk-to-late-fiance-experts-warn-tech-could-be-misused-2021-7

Digital Piracy Rattles Hollywood: Theater Owners Slam Disney as ‘Black Widow’ Sinks at Box Office
https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2021/07/26/digital-piracy-rattles-hollywood-theater-owners-slam-disney-as-black-widow-sinks-at-box-office/

‘Call Her Daddy’ inks $60M Spotify deal after host feud at Barstool
https://nypost.com/2021/06/15/call-her-daddy-inks-60m-spotify-deal-after-barstool-host-feud/

Free Speech Expert: Big Tech Platforms Are ‘Public Accommodations,’ Cannot Restrict Free Speech
https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2021/07/25/free-speech-expert-big-tech-public-accommodation-cannot-restrict-free-speech/

Snapchat now has 293 million daily users
https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/22/22589236/snapchat-users-293-million-q2-2021

Black teen kicked out of skating rink after facial recognition error
https://www.cnet.com/news/black-teen-kicked-out-of-skating-rink-after-facial-recognition-error/

Virtual roller coaster rides reveal mysteries of major migraines
https://www.cnet.com/news/virtual-roller-coaster-rides-reveal-mysteries-of-major-migraines/

NBC doesn’t want people watching the Olympics
https://mleverything.substack.com/p/why-does-nbc-make-it-so-difficult

SF to bring woke congestion pricing
https://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/S-F-is-considering-downtown-congestion-16336449.php

Old white men win gender discrimination suit against J Walter Thompson
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/jul/23/top-ad-men-who-feared-obliteration-win-sex-discrimination-claim

Chevy recalls 2017-2019 Bolt
https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/consumer-alert-important-chevrolet-bolt-recall-fire-risk

Alienware computers can’t ship to CA, CO, HI, OR, VT, WA
https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/desktop-computers/sr/desktops/alienware-desktops

https://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=19.260&full=true

https://govt.westlaw.com/calregs/Document/IEEDE2D64EF7B4F168C0E85379828A8C2

Colorado unemployment gated by 3rd party facial recognition
https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/23/tech/idme-unemployment-facial-recognition/index.html

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