advertisement advertisement advertisement advertisement Dantley Davis was sitting in his car in San Jose when the police officer approached, hand on gun. It wasn't Davis's first baseless run-in with the police, nor would it be his last. advertisement advertisement There was a robbery in the neighborhood and Davis—whose father was Black and mother is Korean—fit the description of the thief, the officer said. While the officer didn't know Davis, he was almost certainly familiar with Davis's work. At the time, Davis was a rising design star in Silicon Valley, responsible for some of the most engaged-with interfaces in the world. He had built the shopping cart for PayPal, which lets you seamlessly check out from third-party retailers. He had designed much of Netflix's modern TV interface, which remains in use today. Davis is why you can have separate accounts for your children, and why shows autoplay as you browse (for which, yes, he's sorry). Keeping his hands visible on the steering wheel, Davis explained to the officer that he lived in the neighborhood. When that didn't work, Davis turned the tables, noting that his supposed "getaway car"—a Nissan Leaf—provided a mere 40-mile range. "[The officer's] face turned completely red," Davis… Read full this story
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