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The FDA Tells the Food Industry to Change How It Uses ‘Expiration’ Dates

June 2nd, 2019 at 10:55 am » Comments Off

The Food and Drug Administration is going after food waste with a new effort to make sure we don’t throw out groceries until they’re absolutely inedible. On Thursday, the agency issued a letter to the food industry at large, throwing its support behind a growing trend to almost universally adopt a “Best if Used By” […]



The U.S. military is buying a $130 million laser weapon

May 27th, 2019 at 2:38 am » Comments Off

A team of Lockheed Martin and Dynetics engineers just won a $130 million contract to provide a 100-kilowatt laser weapon for the U.S. Army. The High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator — evocatively abbreviated HEL TVD — laser system is slated to be tested at a missile range in New Mexico in 2022, Defense News […]



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.



Sweden: How to live in the world’s first cashless society

March 9th, 2019 at 2:44 am » Comments Off

Sweden goes from being the first in adopting banknotes in Europe in 1661 to introducing its own digital currency in 2021, and becoming the first world’s cashless society in 2023. How is a country becoming the world’s first cashless society? Sweden, one of the most technologically advanced nations on the planet, is leading the way. […]



Police in Canada are tracking people’s ‘negative’ behavior in a ‘risk’ database

March 3rd, 2019 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

 The database includes detailed, but “de-identified,” information about people’s lives culled from conversations between police, social services, health workers, and more. Police, social services, and health workers in Canada are using shared databases to track the behaviour of vulnerable people—including minors and people experiencing homelessness—with little oversight and often without consent. Documents obtained by Motherboard […]



World leaders at Davos call for global rules on tech

February 2nd, 2019 at 12:58 pm » Comments Off

  DAVOS, Switzerland — Leaders of Japan, South Africa, China and Germany issued a series of calls on Wednesday for global oversight of the tech sector, in a clear signal of growing international interest in seizing greater regulatory supervision of an industry led by the United States. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said his […]



China reportedly made an app to show people if they’re standing near someone in debt — a new part of its intrusive ‘social credit’ policy

January 30th, 2019 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

A province in northern China developed an app to tell users whether they are within a 500-meter radius of someone in debt, state media said. It’s called a “map of deadbeat debtors,” the China Daily state-run newspaper reported. It hopes to get citizens to monitor the so-called debtors and report them to authorities if they […]



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 […]



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