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Sunday Long Reads: Jonestown, Death by AI, Amazon scamming, Weird China cars, Brexit

By Darren Atwater | Saturday 22 December 2018


 


Is there anything better than sitting back and reading a well-written article on a lazy Sunday? Every week ShareProphets features some long form journalism that you'll find of interest. Grab your cuppa and enjoy these five articles.
   

The Jonestown We Don’t Know

This past November marked forty years since Jonestown, shorthand for the collective suicide of more than 900 Americans in a South American jungle settlement named for the pastor who led them there, Jim Jones.
 

The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity

Why some people fear AI, explained.
 

Prime and punishment: Dirty dealing in the $175 million Amazon marketplace

For sellers, Amazon is a quasi-state. They rely on its infrastructure — its warehouses, shipping network, financial systems, and portal to millions of customers — and pay taxes in the form of fees. They also live in terror of its rules, which often change and are harshly enforced. A cryptic email can send a seller’s business into bankruptcy, with few avenues for appeal.
 

I Went to China to Race a New Car. Then Things Got Weird

Considering what went on the few days I’d been in Shanghai—or the lack thereof—before Geely released about 20 seemingly novice drivers on a 3.4-mile circuit from a standing start like rabid wolves, it didn’t seem fun anymore. My bosses were worried for my safety. They didn’t want me to go through with it.
 

Full speech: Sir Ivan Rogers on Brexit

Leavers and remainers will both hate this speech. 

 

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