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Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy

April 26th, 2019 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

 Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission said […]

Estonia plans an AI-powered “Robot Judge”

April 11th, 2019 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

 Can AI be a fair judge in court? Estonia thinks so. GOVERNMENT USUALLY ISN’T the place to look for innovation in IT or new technologies like artificial intelligence. But Ott Velsberg might change your mind. As Estonia’s chief data officer, the 28-year-old graduate student is overseeing the tiny Baltic nation’s push to insert artificial intelligence […]

Russia is planning a “ground force” of armed military robots

April 1st, 2019 at 11:06 am » Comments Off

WAR MACHINE BattleBots The Russian military’s research division is working to develop ground-based, combat-ready robots to assist its infantry. The heavily-armed robots, first displayed in a state-produced video last month, resemble miniature tanks that can be deployed alongside infantry or swarms of quadrotor drones — either of which, according to C4ISRNET, can send targeting information […]

Switzerland has a stunningly high rate of gun ownership — here’s why it doesn’t have mass shootings

March 28th, 2019 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

Switzerland Swiss army honor guard soldiers troops military Switzerland hasn’t had a mass shooting since 2001, when a man stormed the local parliament in Zug, killing 14 people and then himself. The country has about 2 million privately owned guns in a nation of 8.3 million people. In 2016, the country had 47 attempted homicides […]

Putin wants his own internet

March 13th, 2019 at 6:45 am » Comments Off

  A new law would create a single command post from which authorities can manage—and halt—information flows across Russian cyberspace. When anti-government protests erupted on Russia’s side of the Caucasus Mountains in October, authorities did something they’d never done before: cut mobile internet service to an entire geographical area.

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