Aug. 29, 2017 Letters to Editor
Pick up the pace
I think it is about time the state Department of Transportation move the same management team that successfully handled the work on the Commonwealth Avenue overpass at the Mass. Pike to the Longfellow Bridge construction project (“Comm. Ave. gets back in business,” Aug. 17). The transportation department should give Storrow Drive and Longfellow Bridge motorists the same consideration that it gave to drivers on the Mass. Pike and Comm. Ave. Will the Longfellow Bridge project ever end?
— Harry Hawkes, Melrose
Media elites patronize
Jonah Goldberg’s column, whether it intended to be or not, is symptomatic of the larger issue: the ever-larger divide between American elites and American citizens (“Political world caught in a sticky Trump trap,” Aug. 24).
As long as you in the media, who see yourselves as teachers to the stupid people who didn’t get degrees in journalism, continue to look among yourselves for validation, instead of to the people you purport to serve, the stronger and more durable people like President Trump will become.
He listens to people who feel they have nothing in common with elites; you only listen to each other. Until you change, it’ll be easy for Trump to stay. He’s listening to us; you’re not.
— James Driscoll, Franklin
An age-old practice
Regarding Jonah Goldberg’s column, the Greeks, who invented democracy and its politics, defined a good man, a true man, as one who could help his friends and harm his enemies (“Alaska threats part of how political game is played,” July 31).
It was only dreamers like Socrates and Plato who said that good men were those who helped good people and only harmed wicked men.
Of course Socrates was executed and his student Plato never held political office.
— Michael Christian, Haverhill
Arms race never ends
Regarding the Aug. 22 Herald article, “Elon Musk urges ban on AI in weapons”:
In 1139, Pope Innocent II, through Canon 29 of the Second Lateran Council, issued this decree: “We prohibit under anathema that murderous art of crossbowmen and archers, which is hateful to God, to be employed ... from now on.”
Fast-forward, and we now have arsenals bristling with nuclear weapons.
The open letter to the United Nations that Elon Musk and others signed warned that “Lethal autonomous [AI] weapons threaten . . . to permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever.” Posing, purportedly, a threat to civilization. According to Human Rights Watch, such weapons “cross a moral threshold.”
Yet, the advance of weapons will prove no less irresistible and irreversible than nine centuries ago. Distantly future arsenals will bristle with AI weapons orders-of-magnitude more lethal than today’s imagination can conjure.
— Keith Tidman, Bethesda, Md.