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What if the internet stopped working for a day?

March 7th, 2017 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

Jeff Hancock likes to give his Stanford University students weekend assignments that let them experience concepts discussed in class for themselves. Before 2008, he would sometimes challenge his students to stay off the internet for 48 hours and then discuss how it affected them. But when Hancock returned to work in 2009, after a year-long sabbatical, […]



The Data-Driven Transformation of Intelligence

February 28th, 2017 at 6:23 pm » Comments Off

When “little green men” invaded Crimea in early 2014, they left a data trail that went largely unnoticed by the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).  Distracted by a large Russian exercise to the west, the IC did not connect the digital dots that indicated the impending invasion.  In the Information Age, the “dots” are more plentiful […]



The future of employee monitoring

December 5th, 2016 at 7:20 pm » Comments Off

In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Administration, the installation of mass surveillance equipment in cities across Europe, and disclosure of multiple massive user data leaks, people have been forced to confront the dystopian reality that big government has stepped into the role of Big Brother. What has been less discussed […]



Will Artificial Intelligence Improve Democracy or Destroy It?

November 27th, 2016 at 4:27 am » Comments Off

The United States has just gone through a very divisive election and many have begun to question the role of democracy in future governments.



Killer Russian robot can detect humans and shoot them dead in an instant

November 17th, 2016 at 2:47 pm » Comments Off

A killer robot which can detect a human from over four miles away – and shoot them dead – could be being implemented at the Russian border.



Autonomous Are Microdrones Designed To Spy on Us

October 31st, 2016 at 7:00 am » Comments Off

 Drones are used for a variety of tasks including the delivery of goods, the monitoring of areas, and now with thanks to DARPA they can even search houses. These miniature drones are so small they can be used almost anywhere and are fairly undetectable to an unsuspecting person.



No more pointless idling with Pittsburgh’s new artificially intelligent stoplights

October 29th, 2016 at 6:19 am » Comments Off

Traffic lights are finally getting smarter in Pittsburgh. Thanks to a new pilot program from the tech startup Rapid Flow Technologies, Steel City now boasts 50 intersections whose stoplights are running artificial intelligence software known as Surtrac that reduces wait times on empty or lightly-traveled roads.



Police face-tracking network covers nearly 50% of US adults

October 25th, 2016 at 7:15 am » Comments Off

Using state driver’s license data, US law enforcement agencies have created a huge network of ID photographs that can be searched using facial-recognition software, raising legal and privacy concerns about its use. Photographs of more than 117 million adult US citizens are now part of the “perpetual line-up,” according to a report by that name […]



DARPAs Microdrones Designed To Enter Houses

October 10th, 2016 at 7:28 am » Comments Off

As drone expert, P.W. Singer said about microdrones, At this point, it doesnt really matter if you are against the technology, because its coming. According to Singer, The miniaturization of drones is where it really gets interesting. You can use these things anywhere, put them anyplace, and the target will never even know theyre being […]



This is how the U.S. Patent Office screwed up

June 30th, 2016 at 10:26 am » Comments Off

What was once a haven for innovation, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is now rocked by the velocity of technological change and roiled by “patent trolls.” Could it be that the biggest impediment that innovators now face is the very system that was created to protect them?



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