Self-Crashing Zuckerbergs

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast number 167(!!) it’s the Self-Crashing Zuckerbergs edition of the show with your buckled-in hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist soon-to-be-Californian Mike Stopa.

This week on the show we discuss the convergence of advances in electric cars, autonomous vehicles and ride hailing…i.e. the future of transportation in America…or so says Stanford University futurist and disruption maven Tony Seba in a provocative lecture. One woman was tragically killed by a self-driving car in Arizona this week. Will it derail the autonomous vehicle future? Probably only for a while.

According to Seba by 2030 95% of the miles driven in America will be with electric, self-driving vehicles! And it will spell the end of, among other things, automobile insurance and shale oil. Very interesting.

Then, we will discuss Cambridge Analytica and the Facebook (FB +0.74%) debacle. Is Facebook really in any trouble? What they did with Cambridge Analytica differs little for what they did directly for the Obama 2012 campaign. Probably it will blow over for the Z-man.

but the left is going wild over the whole Cambridge Analytica-Trump-Mercer-Russia-collusion narrative. This time it’s really going to be the motherload! Finally got him red-handed! Trump is going down, man!!!!!

Really?

Our shower thoughts about drunken soccer-moms and our hidden gem, Led Zepplin’s Going to California. Enjoy!

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There are 11 comments.

  1. Coolidge

    Two words: sleeper cars!

    Sell your stock in trains, short-haul airlines, and motels.

    • #1
    • March 22, 2018, at 12:41 AM PDT
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  2. Inactive

    Every January first I post on Facebook:

    I fooled Facebook again. They still think it’s my birthday today.

    This tells me who doesn’t read my posts.

    • #2
    • March 22, 2018, at 1:25 AM PDT
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  3. Coolidge

    I live in Southern California, and I always love the notions that my East Coast suburban friends that I live in some enclave of intellectual and social stimulation. It’s one of those things projected by people akin to “living in a city has exposed to me so many new cultures”

    Most of my neighbors and I have awkward conversations about the weather on the elevator. We don’t get to know each other, a lot of us have various shifts in jobs we don’t like while doing creative pursuits.

    For the most part, community is what you make it, it’s about your personal effort, you don’t “find” it, you build it.

    • #3
    • March 22, 2018, at 6:27 AM PDT
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    Jeff Hawkins (View Comment):
    I live in Southern California, and I always love the notions that my East Coast suburban friends that I live in some enclave of intellectual and social stimulation. It’s one of those things projected by people akin to “living in a city has exposed to me so many new cultures”

    Most of my neighbors and I have awkward conversations about the weather on the elevator. We don’t get to know each other, a lot of us have various shifts in jobs we don’t like while doing creative pursuits.

    For the most part, community is what you make it, it’s about your personal effort, you don’t “find” it, you build it.

    Well, so much for my excitement at the move!

    At least I will be near Stanford and can crash the Hoover Institute and build my friendship with Peter R.

    • #4
    • March 22, 2018, at 8:20 AM PDT
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  5. Coolidge

    Michael Stopa (View Comment):

    Jeff Hawkins (View Comment):
    I live in Southern California, and I always love the notions that my East Coast suburban friends that I live in some enclave of intellectual and social stimulation. It’s one of those things projected by people akin to “living in a city has exposed to me so many new cultures”

    Most of my neighbors and I have awkward conversations about the weather on the elevator. We don’t get to know each other, a lot of us have various shifts in jobs we don’t like while doing creative pursuits.

    For the most part, community is what you make it, it’s about your personal effort, you don’t “find” it, you build it.

    Well, so much for my excitement at the move!

    At least I will be near Stanford and can crash the Hoover Institute and build my friendship with Peter R.

    I was thinking more about your daughter’s attitude at suburban soccer moms vs her new situation, not you. I was like her in her thinking that the reason I wasn’t connecting was them, not me.

    • #5
    • March 22, 2018, at 11:01 AM PDT
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  6. Thatcher

    Steer clear of drunken soccer moms.

    Slightly tipsy soccer moms, however, can be great companions.

    Slightly tipsy homeschooling soccer moms are an education. Teach you more about the other team than an Alice Munro collection for sure.

    • #6
    • March 22, 2018, at 2:18 PM PDT
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  7. Member

    Feinburg, I could hear the music.

    • #7
    • March 22, 2018, at 5:04 PM PDT
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    Quake Voter (View Comment):

    Steer clear of drunken soccer moms.

    Slightly tipsy soccer moms, however, can be great companions.

    Slightly tipsy homeschooling soccer moms are an education. Teach you more about the other team than an Alice Munro collection for sure.

    There is a surely sweet spot, so to speak, on the progression from the first stone cold sober sip at one end to talking to Ralph on the big white telephone on the other.

    • #8
    • March 23, 2018, at 9:05 AM PDT
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  9. Podcaster

    And I’m going to check out this Alice Munro, too.

    • #9
    • March 23, 2018, at 9:08 AM PDT
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    LibertyDefender (View Comment):

    Feinburg, I could hear the music.

    Thanks. It will be interesting to see if you’re the only one.

    • #10
    • March 24, 2018, at 2:38 AM PDT
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  11. Member

    @michaelstopa

    Welcome to California, and good luck with the new career!

    • #11
    • March 24, 2018, at 7:59 PM PDT
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