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
Trump To Keep One Obama Policy In Place
The ethical dilemma of designer babies
Where is cybercrime really coming from?
Andy Zee Talks RefuseFascism With John Iadarola On The Young Turks
MLK to BLM: The Internet and Civil Rights In 2017
Digital Culture: Learn the Language before You Dismiss It
U.S. & NATO Ramping Up W-A-R & Provoking Russia
Blockchain Tech Can Redistribute Power and Erase Borders
Anders Sandberg on the Ethics of Time Compression in Computing
Let’s clean up the space junk orbiting Earth
Why Socrates Hated Democracy
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Events have taken such a dark turn in the United States with the election of Trump that many have felt the need to go back to the dystopian classics to get their bearings. These were novels written in the first half of the prior century when totalitarianism wasn’t just something relegated to gray photos in our history books while we lived our days in the bright neo-liberal sunlight of the post- Cold War era, but actually roamed alive and deadly in the real world.
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.
We asked “How should technoprogressives resist the rise of global fascism?” You were divided in your preferred strategies.
It’s that time of the month where we all come together and exchange gifts. Keeping this in mind, DARPA showed some holiday spirit when it provided Walter Reed National Military Medical Center the greatest gift the 21st century can offer: LUKE – the most revolutionary bionic arm available to date!
The thing is, we’re all naughty. The specifics of what counts as “wrong” depend on the context, but there isn’t anybody on Earth so boring that haven’t done or aren’t doing something they’d rather not be known worldwide.
Russia captured the electoral college by manipulating information flow. Was the U.S. election an information-age coup?