Scott Pruitt Spent $3,200 on Stationery, Took VIP Basketball Tickets From a Kentucky Coal Baron

It can be tough to keep up with the many allegations of misconduct circulating about Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, because there’s so many of them flying out the door. Over the past few months alone, internal EPA teams have failed to identify any credible threats that would justify Pruitt’s $3…

Self-Driving Cars Can Now Pick Up Passengers in California—But Only for Free Rides

California has announced a new pilot program that will allow self-driving cars to start moving normal customers around, a first for the state. Among the California Public Utilities Commission’s many stipulations, transportation companies providing autonomous rides must offer the service at no charge to passengers. A…

Experts Sign Open Letter Slamming Europe’s Proposal to Recognize Robots as Legal Persons

Over 150 experts in AI, robotics, commerce, law, and ethics from 14 countries have signed an open letter denouncing the European Parliament’s proposal to grant personhood status to intelligent machines. The EU says the measure will make it easier to figure out who’s liable when robots screw up or go rogue, but critics…

Arizona Makes Theranos Pay Following the Public Embarrassment of Its Governor

Embattled former blood-testing startup Theranos settled one of its many legal battles today. The dangerously incompetent corporation has agreed to give all customers in Arizona who used its product a full refund. The revelations that Theranos’ devices didn’t work as advertised was a major blow to Arizona’s regulation…