The Integral Way

Every few moments a vertical wind shear would hit the plane, and the pilot would adjust the wing elements to keep us on track. The pilot made adjustments many times each second. At one point I thought the tip of the wing would catch the ground and we would cartwheel in a ball of flames toward the terminal.… Read More The Integral Way

Listening Loudly (republished from The NUHA Foundation Blogging Prizes)

We can hear the footfalls of a millipede next to our tent. Six miles to the southwest we also hear the clattering of ceramic plates and the clinking of wine glasses. People are laughing. The atmosphere carries no moisture here, but still brings these voices across the Grand Canyon.… Read More Listening Loudly (republished from The NUHA Foundation Blogging Prizes)

Why Autonomous Cars Will Never Take Us Home

I’m about thirty yards from the fire. The storefront is gone. Fire trucks are only now arriving – sirens screaming, red lights pulsating in the hot tropical night. Maybe it was a café. Not a store. Broken tables and chairs are strewn across the sidewalk. I go up on my tiptoes to see over the crowd, to see if there are bodies in the plaza, among the shattered glass and bricks.… Read More Why Autonomous Cars Will Never Take Us Home