As a city, we must ensure that [emerging] technologies ultimately result in a net common good and that we evaluate the costs and benefits so that our residents, workers and visitors are not unwittingly made guinea pigs of new tech.

by none | October 17, 2019 AT 3:01 AM

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee plans to introduce legislation for the “city’s first Office of Emerging Technology to regulate any new commercial innovations that intersect with the public realm.” The move is intended to reverse a pattern of “reckless” tech rollouts such as the recent scouter scourge, “delivery robots on sidewalks and a dockless bikeshare.” (San Francisco Chronicle — October 9, 2019)