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Are we moving from nation states to stateless nations?

November 18th, 2015 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

Philip Saunders: This is the age of disruption. What we’re witnessing is a shift from territorial monopolies on the use of force as a way of ordering civilization, toward a world of borderless civic networks. Or, in the words of Tom W. Bell, a move from nation states to stateless nations, which extend the dynamics of […]

Why the $3 trillion healthcare system is broken and how we are going to fix it

November 16th, 2015 at 7:01 pm » Comments Off

Singularity University held its Exponential Medicine Conference last week in San Diego, a look at how technologists are redesigning and rebuilding today’s broken healthcare system.

Blockchain: The technology behind Bitcoin could eliminate fraud and corruption in governments and industries

October 30th, 2015 at 2:00 pm » Comments Off

Many companies are starting to integrate blockchain technology into ledgers, using it to track diamonds and ensure fair land distribution. The projects are first steps toward making governments and industries more transparent and eliminating fraud and corruption.

Edward Snowden warns about a scary new privacy threat

October 19th, 2015 at 8:46 pm » Comments Off

There is some startling news from the world’s most notorious whistleblower: Your smartphone can be taken over with an invisible text message.

It could be years before drones are flown without direct human oversight: FAA

October 13th, 2015 at 9:46 am » Comments Off

If you were hoping to have your next package delivery sent to you by drone, you may have even longer to wait than you thought.  The FAA estimates it will be three years before it has a framework for drone operators to fly the machines without direct human oversight.

California enacts strongest digital privacy laws in the U.S.

October 12th, 2015 at 4:22 pm » Comments Off

California has signed a new set of laws that are the strongest digital privacy rights in the U.S. Governor Jerry Brown has signed the Electronic Communication Privacy Act, which bars law enforcement agencies or investigative entities from handing over any sort of digital communications or metadata without a warrant. The law is by far the most […]

Five-Part Sharing-Economy Solution to the Refugee Crisis

October 9th, 2015 at 4:14 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  A few weeks ago I was asked to appear on CCTV, the Chinese-American television channel for an interview about the topic of border walls. With the crisis in Syria deepening, affecting bordering countries and virtually all of the European Union, the show’s moderator asked me a series of tough questions about immigration […]

Judge rules Happy Birthday song is public domain

September 24th, 2015 at 5:51 pm » Comments Off

The LA Times reports “a stunning reversal of decades of copyright claims,” as a federal judge in Los Angeles declares Warner/Chappell Music does not hold a valid copyright claim to the “Happy Birthday To You” song. The royalties they demanded were not theirs to demand.

White House declares broadband internet a necessity: Report

September 24th, 2015 at 4:19 pm » Comments Off

Percentage of Households with Access to Download Speeds of 25 Megabits per Second or Greater, 2013. The message of a new report that was commissioned by the White House says that Broadband internet access is no longer a luxury but a necessity.

North Dakota police can now weaponize their drones

September 9th, 2015 at 7:55 pm » Comments Off

A bill in North Dakota is aimed at making sure that police didn’t put weapons on drones has turned into a bill that accomplished exactly the opposite. North Dakota police can now put Tasers, pepper spray, and all types of non-lethal weapons on their drones.