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COVID-19 pandemic could usher in a ‘New Digital Age,’ study claims

September 24th, 2020 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

  The study suggests that COVID-19 can be used as a chance to rebuild the nation, by making Israel the starting point for solutions its own society needs, and then for the planet. Israel should focus on its unique strengths in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Autonomous Technologies and the Internet […]



Momentum for basic income builds as pandemic drags on

September 21st, 2020 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

A man shows off an Andrew Yang “Freedom Dividend” $1,000 bill sign on a street in San Francisco. Amid the pandemic and a global recession, basic income and a basket of related policies have gained unprecedented momentum. When the idyllic upstate city of Hudson, New York, launches its basic-income pilot program in late September, it […]



What happens if Uber and Lyft flee California? Look at Austin

September 7th, 2020 at 3:02 am » Comments Off

Line of rideshare vehicles driving in protest  The ride-hail services are threatening to stop service in the Golden State to protest a judge’s ruling. They did something similar in Texas in 2016. A California judge has ordered Uber and Lyft to treat drivers as employees; the companies say they’ll leave the state rather than comply. […]



Artificial intelligence will surveil and study released prisoners to “reduce recidivism”

August 29th, 2020 at 1:13 pm » Comments Off

A group of researchers is launching a new artificial intelligence led study that will collect data from recently released prisoners. Artificial intelligence applications are popping up everywhere these days, from our Internet browsing to smart homes and self-driving cars. Now a group of researchers is launching a new AI-led study that will collect data from […]



Germany is beginning a universal-basic-income trial with people getting $1,400 a month for 3 years

August 24th, 2020 at 11:24 am » Comments Off

Starting this week, 120 Germans will receive a form of universal basic income every month for three years. The volunteers will get monthly payments of €1,200, or about $1,400, as part of a study testing a universal basic income. The study will compare the experiences of the 120 volunteers with 1,380 people who do not […]



New Hampshire is first state to allow flying cars on the road

August 19th, 2020 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Will New Hampshire suddenly look like GTA 5? No, but the state’s ready to let them hit the road legally. This is the Switchblade, which was supposed to arrive last year. We’ve been promised flying cars for seemingly decades, and although we still don’t have one ready for production, New Hampshire has gone ahead and […]



Busting up big tech is popular, but here’s what the US may lose

August 15th, 2020 at 1:50 pm » Comments Off

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on antitrust on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. Lawmakers don’t like them, but what they bring to the competition with China may be too valuable to break up. The heads of Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon appeared before angry […]



How to hide from a drone – the subtle art of ‘ghosting’ in the age of surveillance

August 6th, 2020 at 11:24 am » Comments Off

The federal government has used military-grade border patrol drones like this one to monitor protests in US cities. Drones of all sizes are being used by environmental advocates to monitor deforestation, by conservationists to track poachers, and by journalists and activists to document large protests. As a political sociologist who studies social movements and drones, […]



Hope Probe: UAE spacecraft blasts off in first ever mission to Mars

July 31st, 2020 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

Mission had been delayed twice due to bad weather The United Arab Emirates has launched its first mission to Mars, the first of three missions to the Red Planet to take place this month. The Hope Probe launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center for seven-month voyage, facing off bad weather which caused the mission to […]



Op-ed: Let’s double down on PPP and save America’s endangered small businesses

July 29th, 2020 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

KEY POINTS We’re working to pass legislation that does two things: First, make Paycheck Protection Program funds available to eligible businesses through at least the end of this year, and second, authorize a second round of forgivable loans to the businesses most severely impacted by the pandemic. We want to double down on PPP because, […]



Elon Musk advocates for universal basic income instead of second stimulus check

July 26th, 2020 at 1:57 pm » Comments Off

Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants his followers to know he still supports universal basic income, even though he thinks another coronavirus stimulus package from the U.S. government is a bad idea. In a Twitter thread published early Friday morning, Musk tweeted that any additional stimulus package from Congress is “not in the best interests of […]



NSA says Russian hackers are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research

July 25th, 2020 at 11:11 pm » Comments Off

Russian hackers are trying to steal research on COVID-19 vaccines, according to intelligence services in the US, UK and Canada, The National Security Agency (NSA) said a group that has been linked to Russian intelligence has targeted health care organizations in the three countries.  The group — which is known as APT29, Cozy Bear or […]



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