Papa Heinlein promised us interesting times during what he forecast as “The Crazy Years.” And boy are we in it. I’ll have more, later, about Heinlein’s creepy-on-target prescience. But today, let’s focus on International affairs.
Andrew Ferguson on Predictive Policing
This Country Is Leading The Robot Revolution
The Secret To Germany’s Powerful Economy
The ethical dilemma of designer babies
Where is cybercrime really coming from?
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Believe it or not, President Donald Trump has repeatedly noted interest in space research and exploration. I don’t shy away from my various disagreements with the new President, but I’m also willing to admit that I particularly enjoy his pro-space venture policies. Which is why I find it a bit disconcerting to hear that Republican members of Congress are now ordering DARPA to end their work on Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites.
Given all the chaos and pessimism lately and in light of the fact that with the inauguration of Trump we will be walking into very dangerous times, it’s perhaps a good moment for a little bit of hope, though the progressive rallies over the last few days certainly make me feel hopeful.
When people worry about the dark side of emerging technologies, most think of terrorists or lone psychopaths with a death wish for humanity. Some future Ted Kaczynski might acquire a masters degree in microbiology, purchase some laboratory equipment intended for biohackers, and synthesize a pathogen that spreads quickly, is incurable, and kills 90 percent of those it infects.