Most of New York's carbon emissions come from the heating and cooling of large buildings. On Thursday, the New York City Council voted into law a sweeping set of rules to fight climate change , a metropolis-scaled version of a Green New Deal.
From the comfort of your home, you may not realize how climate change is already affecting mental health, or ripping apart ecosystems, or how cities like Los Angeles are taking drastic measures to prepare for water shortages.
The algorithm used to set these times had been designed by MIT researchers, and about a week later, Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, emailed asking me to cosign an op-ed that would call on policymakers to be more thoughtful and democratic when they consider using algorithms to change policies that affect the lives of residents.
By accepting this download, owners give their cars the ability to “Navigate on Autopilot,” which Tesla says “guides a car from a highway’s on-ramp to off-ramp, including suggesting and making lane changes, navigating highway interchanges, and taking exits.”It comes with a mass of caveats though, not least that the driver still has to stay in control, and confirm every single move the computer comes up with.
“We need to be thinking about exponential changes.”Getting the U.S. back on boardThe American politicians at the conference, who typically came from liberal cities and blue states like New York and Washington, had a more immediate concern: Trying to persuade the rest of the world that the United States hasn’t completely abandoned the fight, despite the fact that President Trump has vowed to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.