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The Agenda: Takata scandal expands troubled history of air bags

Los Angeles Times

Driving a 2002 Honda Civic, Huma Hanif was traveling on a highway outside Houston on March 31 when the high school student ran into a car in front of her. Hanif's car was equipped with an air bag made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. The air bag ruptured with the collision, sending a metal shard into her neck, and the 17-year-old died at the scene, authorities said. It was the 10th fatality in the United States linked to Takata's defective air bags, expanding what already has become one of the worst scandals in U.S. consumer-safety history. More than 100 injuries also are linked to the air bags.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and journalism - Medias, News, Opinion


Japan is one of the advanced countries in the AI and robot industries. At the Ise-Shima G-7 summit meeting in Japan in May, world leaders looked amused and fascinated when they watched a robot performing at the International Media Center. At the same time, because of the technological advances and advent of robots, the leaders are concerned that many people in their countries will lose jobs and cry out for assistance from governments. This kind of downside to innovations has been well recorded in the history of modernization. Innovations bring fundamental changes to many traditional business procedures, jobs and professions.

Will the Chevy Bolt EV be a 'game changer'?

Los Angeles Times

To the editor: Increased mileage on a charge for electric cars is all well and good, but the real "game changer" won't come until a way is found to recharge the battery that renders the process equivalent in time to filling up a tank with gasoline. Not everyone has a home with a convenient means to plug in their car, and few are able, willing, and sufficiently patient to wait hours before continuing their trip. Many drivers in this country live in apartments, often without dedicated parking. What are they to do, run a lengthy cord out to their car and hope that no one interferes while they are sleeping? To the editor: The Bolt is a "game changer?"

Uber's redesigned app wants to mine personal information on your phone

Los Angeles Times

Uber is taking its ride-hailing app down a new road in an effort to make it smarter, simpler and more fun to use. The redesigned app also will seek to mine personal information stored on smartphones in a change that could raise privacy concerns, even though it will be up to individual users to let Uber peer into their calendars and address books. The change represents the biggest overhaul in four years to Uber Technologies Inc.'s popular app, which is used by millions of people to summon cars in more than 450 cities around the world for rides that are usually cheaper than traditional taxis. But as Uber has grown, the app has been adding features that have made it more difficult to navigate. The new design and features are designed to save passengers time and money.

L.A. Drives: Cruising Malibu Canyon with 'Seinfeld' veteran Spike Feresten

Los Angeles Times

Spike Feresten is one of the funniest TV writers alive, with comedy credits stretching from "SNL" to "Late Night With David Letterman" to "Seinfeld," where his "Soup Nazi" episode became one of the landmark moments in that long-running series. But he's dead serious about his cars. Feresten is a Porsche man, and he loves driving the Malibu canyons. Weekends often find him tooling up the coast from the Brentwood home he shares with his wife and children. He hits Pacific Coast Highway, drives to Malibu and meets up with friends at the Malibu Kitchen -- run by an owner so comically strict that he is known to Feresten and his friends as the "Deli Nazi."