I recently published my personal 10 Best/Worst of 2018, and soon received dozens of messages asking what I found so offensive about tech critic David Pogue’s article, “What it’s like to use Tesla’s newest self-driving car technology.” The answer is simple. Pogue’s article is as stupid and irresponsible as its headline. Am I being harsh? What do you think? When people’s lives are at stake, language matters. At least one person has died while Autopilot was engaged. Did he think his car was self-driving? We’ll never know.
Who is to blame for confusion that kills? Whoever is in a position to tell the truth but, out of ignorance or malice, did not.