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DARPA is Placing “Big Bets” on Space-Based Weapons Systems

Posted on November 23rd, 2016.

DARPA sees a real possibility for spaced based conflict. So, it’s hoping to create breakthrough technology to dissuade U.S. adversaries who might consider attacking from space.  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency assists national security with efforts in space. It focuses on making space a “real-time operational domain,” as...

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Facebook Looking into “Disrupting Economics” of Fake News Sites

Posted on November 22nd, 2016.

In a Facebook post Friday night, founder of the popular social network Mark Zuckerberg took time to outline the steps the company will take to tackle its “fake news” problem, which has been a hot topic in the wake of the election. One way the social media behemoth plans on doing that is by making sure fake news sites...

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Bitcoin-Friendly Gavin Newsom Leads 2018 California Gubernatorial Race

Posted on November 18th, 2016.

California Lt. Gov. Newsom is a favorite to take Democrat Jerry Brown’s place as the 2018 gubernatorial race Democratic candidate, meaning a Bitcoin and technology friendly politician could lead a state that regularly votes Democratic. Newsom currently leads others in the race, from both parties, with 23 percent of registered voters. The...

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Viral Disinformation Warning: Fake News Are Taking over Facebook

Posted on November 14th, 2016.

Today’s news: Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford voted for Donald Trump, the Republican President-elect of the US, because the liberals want to take away their money; Melania Trump filed to divorce her husband, Donald Trump; Donald Trump himself said to People Magazine that Republicans are the dumbest group of voters; All the news above...

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What to Expect for Space and Sci/Tech Under President Trump?

Posted on November 10th, 2016.

US President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t strike as one who knows – or cares – a lot about space, science, and technology. Since the announcement of Trump’s victory, there have been a lot of headlines about a possible catastrophic impact of the upcoming Trump presidency on space and sci/tech in the US. However, a...

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Cybersecurity

Cyberspace Is on High Alert Ahead of Election

Posted on November 8th, 2016.

“Don’t pull anything funny on Election Day, Russia,” New York Daily News wrote last week.  Apparently, tensions are high. New York Daily News goes on to outline how U.S. military hackers are preparing secret cyber weapons to hit back if Russian forces try to interrupt US networks on Election Tuesday. Intelligence officials are mum on...

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Cybersecurity

Can Electronic Voting Machines Be Hacked?

Posted on November 6th, 2016.

With the election now in just weeks and the republican nominee, Donald Trump, stating numerous times that it will be rigged, electronic voting once more takes center stage with concerns raised that electronic voting machines could be hacked. Unlike Britain, which uses only paper ballots, USA uses electronic voting. Although paper ballots...

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The Heartland Has Been Devastated: Peter Thiel Speaks Up

Posted on November 2nd, 2016.

In a speech at the National Press Club on October 31, billionaire businessman and tech pioneer Peter Thiel defended his controversial decision, which has caused intense debate and earned Thiel the wrath of Silicon Valley liberal elites, to back Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Business

How To Create Your Own Anti Media Empire

Posted on October 29th, 2016.

From within a non-descript apartment building on a main thoroughfare in Chula Vista, California – but ten minutes north of Mexico – several computers sit on two desks. Big bay windows lead out to the street below. Once, what witnesses believe were parts of a surveillance drone fell onto the street. It had bird feathers stuck...

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Shock Wave on the Ice: The Pirate Party Could Win Iceland’s National Elections Next Saturday, Grab Power

Posted on October 27th, 2016.

The Pirate Party of Iceland, founded in 2012 to champion direct democracy and internet freedom, is projected to win Saturday’s general election and could end up leading Iceland’s next government, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Activism

WikiLeaks: Podesta Received E-mails On Extraterrestrial Disclosure

Posted on October 26th, 2016.

While most fallout from the Podesta emails has been political, there are extraterrestrial implications for some of the e-mails released by whistleblower source WikiLeaks.  An email on behalf of Apollo astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta turned up in the recent data dumps. The email was sent by Rebecca...

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Like: Facebook Could Stop Playing Nanny and Thought Cop

Posted on October 25th, 2016.

Facebook is often criticized for playing nanny: removing content deemed unsuitable for minors, removing content deemed offensive to this or that group, and in general adopting a perhaps benevolent but certainly heavily hands-on approach to the material posted by users. That could be about to change. According to a Facebook news release...

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According to Google, We’re Obsessed with Donald Trump

Posted on October 24th, 2016.

The evidence on Google Trends is overwhelming: We’re obsessed with Donald Trump. That’s worldwide, not just in the US. In his native country, Mr. Trump is as hot a topic as there comes. In Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia and many other nations, Mr. Trump is the center of attention this 2016 US presidential campaign....

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Sorry Silicon Valley Liberals, Freedom of Thought Is Too Important to Mess With

Posted on October 21st, 2016.

Silicon Valley is on fire because venture capitalist Peter Thiel, after speaking in support of Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, is donating $1.25 million to Trump’s campaign through a combination of super PAC donations and funds given directly to the campaign, The New York Times reported. Project Include, led by Former...

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Artificial Intelligence

Obama Administration Concerned United States Falling Behind on AI Research

Posted on October 18th, 2016.

The White House released its “National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan” [PDF] this month. One of the chief concerns in the report is the fact that of the two countries doing the most research on artificial intelligence, more specifically on deep learning, the US has fallen into second place. The below...

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Cyberespionage

US Reportedly Planning An “Unprecedented” Cyberattack Against Russia

Posted on October 15th, 2016.

According to several news outlets citing current and former US government officials, the White House is in the planning stages of a massive, unprecedented cyberattack on the Russian government in retaliation for Russian meddling in the US presidential race. The goal of such an attack is to “harass and embarass” the Russian government....

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White House Releases AI Report and Strategic Plan; President Obama Speaks Up on AI and Space

Posted on October 13th, 2016.

The White House released a report titled “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence” (AI) as well as a “National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan.” Meanwhile, President Obama is speaking up on AI, futuristic technologies, and space.

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Activism

Is Russia Really Looking to Hack the U.S. Presidential Elections?

Posted on October 12th, 2016.

Hillary Clinton and her party believe it’s Russia’s fault that various scandals surrounding her and the Democratic National Committee have come to light in recent weeks. From the organization’s early unfair treatment of Bernie Sanders to the fact that the DNC knew Donald Trump was the candidate Hillary could most likely beat, and...

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Business

Hillary Clinton Celebrates Canada’s Health Care System in Leaked Transcripts

Posted on October 10th, 2016.

Hillary Clinton prefers the Canadian Health Care single payer model, compared to others options, according to leaked transcripts of private talks she gave to Wall Street firms. Hillary Clinton believes Single-Payer health care systems “can get costs down,” and “is as good or better on primary care.” She did lament how single-payer health...

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Cybersecurity

Clinton: State Department Is Far behind in Technology

Posted on October 10th, 2016.

Hillary Clinton believes the State Department is behind in technology matters, according to leaked speech transcripts she gave to private clients at some of the world’s best known financial institutions. Her speeches regarding the Department of State’s lackluster technology protocols were given in a speech to Goldman Sachs. “People were...