Andrew is a syndicated writer and an editor with New America Media, a short story writer, and a frequent radio commentator. His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, The LA Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Andrew has won multiple lit...
Tay had no point of view, of course. As a piece of software it reflected the conversation in virtual space. Which is why it quickly went from an innocent robot to a blatant racist chatbot in less than a day and had to be taken offline. The killing of Tay was a blip in the news but it says volumes about America at the dawn of the millennia. For a generation or so now, hate speech has found fertile ground in cyberspace, where rage, resentment and fear are uninhibitedly expressed.
You may not think Asian Americans need help getting into college. After all, they have one of the highest college attendance rates in the country. But Asian Americans are expected to be among the major beneficiaries of the new Kindergarten to College pilot program, which will make San Francisco the first city in the country to give college savings accounts to children entering its public schools.