Unpopular Tariffs, Robotaxis, and a Less Dystopian Brand of Sci-Fi

Weekend Reads: May 10, 2019

Waymo and Lyft Partner to Scale Self-Driving Robotaxi Service in Phoenix

Kirsten Korosec | TechCrunch | Retweeted by Jennifer Huddleston

Phoenix rideshare customers will soon have the option to hail a self-driving vehicle directly from the Lyft app through their latest partnership with Waymo.

Science Fiction Doesn’t Have to Be Dystopian

Joyce Carol Oates | The New Yorker | Retweeted by Adam Thierer

In a new collection of science fiction stories by Ted Chiang, we are reminded that technology can be a force for good, and not our dystopian demise as told by other science fiction stories.

Global Meat-Eating Is on the Rise, Bringing Surprising Benefits

The Economist | Shared by Tyler Cowen

As developing countries find efficient ways to import and farm animal products, the health benefits will lead to longer, healthier lives.

Australia's A$50 Note Misspells Responsibility

BBC News | Tweeted by Alex Tabarrok

It’s the Reserve Bank of Australia’s responsibility to print the country’s currency, but 46 million pieces of currency have the word “responsibility” misspelled as “responsibilty.”

US Student-Loan Program Now Runs Deficit, CBO Estimates

Josh Mitchell | The Wall Street Journal | Retweeted by Brent Skorup

The US government was supposed to make money off of the federal student-loan program, but the Congressional Budget Office now projects it will cost taxpayers $31.5 billion over the next decade.

Conservatives Need to Read Their Hayek

Jonah Goldberg | National Review | Shared by Donald Boudreaux

Conservatives compromise with liberals in an attempt to curb what they see as unnecessary spending, but sometimes that compromise is worse than doing nothing at all.

Support for Trump’s Tariffs Even Lower Than His Job Approval Rating

William A. Galston | Brookings Institution | Tweeted by Christine McDaniel

According to recent polling, 64 percent of Americans reject President Trump’s statement that a trade war would be good for the United States.

Where North and South Korea Meet: On TV

E. Tammy Kim | The New York Times | Tweeted by Tyler Cowen

With talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, South Koreans have been thinking more about defectors and reunification. This has given way to a new wave of television shows that explore the idea of a reunion.