In a decision with potentially large ramifications, New York Federal Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall won't dismiss a libel suit against "Shitty Media Men" creator Moira Donegan.
Explaining, the judge says it is possible that Donegan created the entry herself. The judge believes that Elliott should be able to explore whether the entry was fabricated. Accordingly, discovery proceeds, which will now put pressure on Google to respond to broad subpoena demands. The next motion stage could feature a high-stakes one about the reaches of CDA 230.
Linky Friday: Gods and Robots
Robotica:[Ro1] Minister of AI? Interesting concept!
[Ro2] If we thought we were afraid of AI before, imagine how much we’ll fear them when China rules them.
[Ro3] Sand mounts look like boobs, apparently.
[Ro4] Well, this is a murder mystery waiting to happen.
[Ro6] Guys, maybe it’s time to pack our things. We’re doomed.
Religion:[Re1] What’s up with Mormons and science fiction?
[Re2] Kevin Williamson looks at the Church of Satan.
[Re3] Will the Catholic Church need to resort to ordaining married men?
[Re4] Ahhh, the predictable unpredictable plot twist.
[Re5] Remi Brague writes on the Christian roots of secularism.
[Re6] Matthew Walther explains why he believes in the Devil.
Energy:[En1] Ramez Naam on the steadiness and transmission of wind power. Naam is ever the optimist on these things (here’s a more cautious view). I am increasingly sold on the general cost of renewables, so storage and transmission are likely the two biggest challenges.
[En3] Even forgetting the new terrifs, solar panels cost a lot more here than elsewhere. Is regulation to blame?
[En4] The New York Times looks at how climate change skeptics overperform in search engines.
[En6] Never mind the SUV, eco-conscious wealthy people need to start applying social pressure to one another against taking private jets. It’s the holy grail of hypocrisy charges, not the least of which because it sticks.
Science:[Sc1] Good to know, I guess?
[Sc2] They need to work on their disaffected stare.
[Sc3] Even chickens like attractive people.
[Sc4] Andrew Gelman says cientists need to grow a thicker skin.
[Sc5] Chad Orzel argues that we need to make scientists public intellectuals.
Space:[Sp1] Images from the future of the Space Race?
[Sp2] Bad. Things. That’s what.
[Sp5] We must go to Mars.
[Sp6] I would say killjoys but I never want to make contact with aliens so I guess “whew.”
History of exploration/colonization suggests it'll be criminals and religious/ethnic minorities who go to Mars first, not tech bros.
— Conor Sen (@conorsen) September 27, 2016