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Quote of the week: James Carroll

From The Boston Globe: “The great American romance is over. Last month’s Toyota recall of 8.5 million cars...

“The great American romance is over. Last month’s Toyota recall of 8.5 million cars, with revelations of incompetence and perhaps deceit, marked a watershed moment. Automobiles are not the same machines we fell in love with. They are computers that move, and, instead of by the savvy mechanics of the old days, troubleshooting is done by ‘on-board diagnostics.’ Hard drive has a new meaning, and so does crash. This is all to the good—except when it’s not. The car began as one kind of symbol, and has become another—a symbol of the world we are creating with machines that answer more to themselves than to us.”

James Carroll in The Boston Globe

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