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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 […]

Probability of Singularity in Question

September 10th, 2015 at 4:05 pm » Comments Off

There is a hypothesis by Theodore Modis, that we can expect the rate of technological progress to begin slowing soon, because contrary to Ray Kurzweil, and ilk, technological progress is not exponential, it is logistical. Modis argues that the exponential growth in technology is a fallacy and that the true nature of the growth is […]

When humans live for 1,000 years, marriage won’t make sense

July 14th, 2015 at 4:57 pm » Comments Off

Many peopler were jubilant when the US Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of gay marriage, events that lead to more freedom and equality are positive progress.  However, the fact that marriage—especially to many young people—isn’t as attractive as it once was seems to be missing from most news coverage.  

Roaming surcharges in the EU to disappear in June 2017, deal reached on net neutrality rules

July 2nd, 2015 at 6:29 pm » Comments Off

A provisional deal on new rules governing open Internet (net neutrality) and the abolishment of roaming surcharges was reached in the wee hours of 30 June after marathon negotiations between the European Council, Commission and Parliament, led by the Latvian presidency of the Council.

China, a new surprising source for American jobs

June 3rd, 2015 at 5:24 pm » Comments Off

The upcoming presidential election campaign season will probably bring many different but familiar proposals on creating jobs in the U.S., but a more surprising possible source for new employment for Americans:  China.  

Greenwald: iPhone encryption ‘petrified’ NSA

March 24th, 2015 at 2:25 pm » Comments Off

Glenn Greenwald, the writer who first reported on Edward Snowden’s stolen files, says that stronger encryption in Apple’s iPhones and on websites like Facebook has “petrified” the U.S. government because it has made it harder to spy on communications.  

The fear of artificial intelligence

February 18th, 2015 at 6:57 pm » Comments Off

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence A true AI might ruin the world—but that assumes it’s possible at all. By Paul Ford Years ago I had coffee with a friend who ran a startup. He had just turned 40. His father was ill, his back was sore, and he found himself overwhelmed by life. “Don’t laugh at […]

More important, degrees or skills?

February 18th, 2015 at 6:28 pm » Comments Off

Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do By Miles Kimball, Professor, University of Michigan If I were to make a nomination for the most destructive belief in our culture, it would be the belief that some people are born smart and others are born dumb. This belief is not only badly off target as a shorthand description of […]

Harvard professors: Privacy is dead and it’s never coming back

January 27th, 2015 at 1:09 pm » Comments Off

Imagine a world where a department store knows from your buying habits that you’re pregnant even before your family does or mosquito-sized robots fly around stealing samples of your DNA. 

Should coding schools have free enrollment under Obama’s new free community college initiative?

January 15th, 2015 at 4:59 pm » Comments Off

If the fundamental premise of President Obama’s new initiative to make community college free is to open up career and life opportunities for the nation’s young — especially those from underprivileged backgrounds — then the federal government should also be thinking of ways to cover the tuition costs of individuals attending coding boot camps. Instead […]