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The dawn of a new Big Tech regulatory era?

January 6th, 2019 at 1:01 am » Comments Off

At the ShellyPalmer Innovation Series Breakfast at CES 2018, I had a Socratic discussion about the influence of the big technology platforms and other emerging technologies on our lives and the need for responsible innovation with David Sapin, US Risk & Regulatory Leader, PwC. We also talked about the growing “techlash” buzz for more industry […]



The welfare state is committing suicide by Artificial Intelligence

January 3rd, 2019 at 12:42 pm » Comments Off

  Denmark is using algorithms to deliver benefits to citizens—and undermining its own democracy in the process. Everyone likes to talk about the ways that liberalism might be killed off, whether by populism at home or adversaries abroad. Fewer talk about the growing indications in places like Denmark that liberal democracy might accidentally commit suicide. […]



India bans ecommerce companies from selling their own products

January 2nd, 2019 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

“An entity having equity participation by e-commerce marketplace entity or its group companies, or having control on its inventory by e-commerce marketplace entity or its group companies, will not be permitted to sell its products on the platform run by such marketplace entity,” the commerce ministry said in a statement. Ecommerce companies can make bulk […]



Elon Musk receives FCC approval to launch over 7,500 satellites into space

December 5th, 2018 at 12:45 pm » Comments Off

The FCC this week unanimously approved SpaceX’s ambitious plan to launch 7,518 satellites into low-Earth orbit. These satellites, along with 4,425 previously approved satellites, will serve as the backbone for the company’s proposed Starlink broadband network. As it does with most of its projects, SpaceX is thinking big with its global broadband network. The company […]



Chinese facial recognition system confuses bus ad with a jaywalker

November 25th, 2018 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

It illustrates one of the many issues with China’s surveillance culture. There are many criticisms you can level at China’s growing reliance on facial recognition, including its absolute faith in technology: what happens if there’s a false positive? Unfortunately, we just saw an example of that in action. Police in the city of Ningbo have […]



Singapore wants to add face-recognition surveillance to 110,000 lamp posts

November 25th, 2018 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

Singapore may be turning its island state into a surveillance state. The nation plans to install cameras equipped with facial recognition technology to all 110,000 lamp posts around the city, making it easier than ever for the country to keep tabs on its citizens and visitors, Reuters reports. The so-called “Lamppost-as-a-Platform” pilot project will allow […]



China plans to launch an ‘artificial moon’ to light up the night skies

November 10th, 2018 at 11:02 am » Comments Off

The night skies might soon have company: Chinese scientists are planning to launch an artificial moon into orbit by 2020 to illuminate city streets after dark. Scientists are hoping to hang the man-made moon above the city of Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwestern Sichuan province, according to a report in Chinese state media. The […]



55% of America’s billion dollar startups have an immigrant founder

November 2nd, 2018 at 8:53 am » Comments Off

Uber logo seen on a car door in Kiev, Ukraine. Garrett Camp, an immigrant from Canada, is one of Uber’s founders. (Photo by Pavlo Conchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) What would America lose if we blocked refugees and family-sponsored and employment-based immigrants from coming to the United States? For starters, we would likely lose more […]



This country is the first in the world to offer free public transit

October 22nd, 2018 at 6:58 am » Comments Off

“There’s no doubt that we not only cover the costs, but also come out with a surplus.” Estonia made waves in 2014 for becoming the first country to offer digital citizenship and for using blockchain technology to transform civic life. Now the country is improving the physical experience of being a citizen by offering free […]



The big hack: How China used a tiny chip to infiltrate U.S. companies

October 11th, 2018 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources. In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its streaming video service, […]



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