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Regional Clouds Could Be the Answer

Regional Clouds Could Be the Answer

Regionally organized clouds (ROCs) can be the answer to a series of problems public policy is currently struggling with. Global cloud companies, including Google, Amazon and Microsoft, provide valuable services. But societal concerns are being raised about the control of data and the concentration...

Artificial Intelligence Wants You and Your Job

Artificial Intelligence Wants You and Your Job

My wife and I were recently driving in Virginia, amazed yet again that the GPS technology on our phones could guide us through a thicket of highways, around road accidents and toward our precise destination. The artificial intelligence (AI) behind the soothing voice telling us where to turn has...

Facebook Escapes Hanging

Facebook Escapes Hanging

The world has changed radically over the past 200 years. At the same time, some of the most critical institutions in the most powerful nations either haven’t noticed the change or are so committed to an archaic worldview that they can no longer adapt to conditions they refuse to understand. They...

The Unbearable Shallowness of “Deep AI”

The Unbearable Shallowness of “Deep AI”

Since people invented writing, communications technology has become steadily more high-bandwidth, pervasive and persuasive, taking a commensurate toll on human attention and cognition. In that bandwidth war between machines and humans, the machines’ latest weapon is a class of statistical...

The Quantum Age Will Require a Quantum Generation

The Quantum Age Will Require a Quantum Generation

Past the glow of the Shanghai evening, a single red beam threads its way into the silent stratosphere. It is a laser originating from a laboratory whose machinery few can operate or explain. The laser is meant to bounce off a distant satellite before returning for the purpose of encrypting an...

Facial Recognition and the Convenience of Injustice

Facial Recognition and the Convenience of Injustice

Some people are concerned that the latest generation of powerful technology tools now being developed and deployed may undermine important features of civilized societies and human life itself. Notably, Elon Musk is so worried about the danger of artificial intelligence (AI) that he invested in...

Facial Recognition Technology and the Future of Policing

Facial Recognition Technology and the Future of Policing

It is unquestionably inspiring that the Black Lives Matter movement has inspired millions of Americans to question their understandings of race, policing, justice and the true nature of history. It represents, perhaps, the most hopeful global development in this most tumultuous year....

Are We in Denial About Our Digital Consumption Habits?

Are We in Denial About Our Digital Consumption Habits?

Human attention is a scarce, yet commercially valuable resource today, and social media competes for access to it. The wealth of digital connectivity and advances in browsing and filtering gives internet users more options and increases their perceived control over cyberspace. However, this is...

Artificial Intelligence Will Never Be as Smart as Elon Musk

Artificial Intelligence Will Never Be as Smart as Elon Musk

No one doubts that Elon Musk is rich, which, according to a fundamental axiom of US culture, suggests that he is smart. Everyone knows the proverbial wisdom often directed at a category of humanity called losers: “If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?” Musk himself has...

Hate Makes More Money Than Love… and Moves Faster

Hate Makes More Money Than Love… and Moves Faster

Everyone in business knows that as a general principle, the fastest-spreading, most revenue-positive ventures and messages wind up having the most influence. That's true not just for individual people, but for businesses, business models, technologies, communications protocols, you name it. Fast...

Do You Need Intelligence to Get Through University?

Do You Need Intelligence to Get Through University?

René Descartes famously wrote in Latin, “cogito, ergo sum” or “I think, therefore I am.” He believed that the way we think implies an awareness of the act of thinking. In contrast to other living species, this endows us with a sense of “self,” an identity. In other words, what we call...

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