No one expects the machinery of progress to roll backwards, but sometimes it seems that no one is watching the speedometer (or manning the brakes, assuming any exist). Is this a fair assessment? If so, should we be worried — and what can we do about it?
In this feature, experts on technology, risk, science, policy and neuroscience discuss risk, innovation and how our values affect our conceptions of both.
Like international waters, space is a commons usable by all but owned by none; but, unlike any earthly commons, space borders every country on the planet, and actual or metaphorical fallout from an incident there could spoil days — or destroy lives — anywhere on Earth.
So, who watches the spacemen? And what laws or treaties exist to protect us all? The answers might surprise you.
Ambrose Bierce called insurance “an ingenious modern game of chance in which the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction that he is beating the man who keeps the table.” Liability auto insurance can shield you from the worst financial fallout of an accident, but it’s still a long shot that you’ll need it. When buying a policy, consider: How lucky do you feel, and how much do you stand to lose?
Paying auto insurance premiums month after month can be a bitter pill to swallow. It’s like a bet you’re never allowed to collect on because, if you do, chances are you’re premiums will go up. Maybe the pill would go down a bit easier if we better understood how the odd little people in the green visors calculate our premiums.