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A child runs into the street, stands frozen and terrified as she sees a car speeding toward her. What’s safer? Relying on a car with autonomous capabilities or a human driver to brake in time?

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Steven Cherry Hi, this is Steven Cherry, for Radio Spectrum.

The Literary Digest, a now-defunct magazine, was founded in 1890. It offered—despite what you’d expect from its name—condensed versions of news-analysis and opinion pieces. By the mid-1920s, it had over a million subscribers. Some measure of its fame and popularity stemmed from accurately predicting every presidential election from 1916 to 1932, based on polls it conducted of its ever-growing readership.

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