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Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

"I’d rather hear a philosopher or a really good writer hold forth on what they have imagined inside their tiny minds after taking too many drugs than see 'We beta-tested 20 college seniors,’” Heather Havrilesky, an advice columnist.

"Robots have been around for a while, but using them to deliver lethal force raises some new issues,” Seth Stoughton, an assistant professor of law at the University of South Carolina.

“I think the biggest challenge we have now is that people are having a hard time figuring out how to understand the relationship between state law that needs to change, and federal law that may or may not need to change,” Danielle Allen, a political scientist.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)