Quoted: The Consensus-Building Edition

Policemen try to remove a pig from a street in Seoul on February 12, 2007 (Lee Jae Won / Reuters)
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Voted off the island: “It was just surprising how the necessity of removing pigs wasn’t a widely shared viewpoint,” Scott Morrison, a biologist, on recovering endangered species on an island overrun with invasive feral pigs.

All opposed, say nay: “That is 100 percent not a thing,” Josh Connolly, a congressional staffer, on the legislation allegedly nicknamed “the Gawker Bill.”

Doctor, do you concur? “[It requires] training the algorithm so it can say, ‘This is a wound that looks like it will heal,’” Jonathan Kanevsky, a plastic surgeon, on teaching computers to evaluate burns.