Politics, Public Policy, Government Articles

On the Edge of Automation (interview with Steve Jurvetson)

The great thing about Silicon Valley visionaries is that they are really good at thinking big about the future. Few of them are also taking the risk and invest their money in long-term technology ventures with a vision to transform business and society in a dramatic way. One

50 Sensor Applications for a Smarter World

  If you want to understand more about what type of applications will run in our smart cities of the future, you must check these “50 Sensor Applications for a Smarter World“, created by Libelium, an Internet of Things Platform Provider, based in Zaragoza, Spain. The

In the war of 2050, the robots call the shots

In April, thought leaders from the Defense Department, the U.S. Army Research Lab, the Institute for Defense Analysis, and national security thinkers across academia met for a two-week workshop on the next three and a half decades of war. The report they recently produced reads

The influence of Technology on the Wealth Gap

How much is technology progress responsible for the creation of the wealth gap? In an era where economic policymaking skews strongly toward free-market forces, London School of Economics professor Anthony Atkinson—one of the world’s top academics on inequality and income distribution—still stands in defense of government

Disruptive Technologies Transforming the Government-Citizen Relationship

David Raths proposes an interesting selection of disruptive technologies in eight critical areas of government, ranging from public safety to health to transportation. Powerful combinations of digital, mobile, social, geographic and video innovations already are changing the public’s expectations and the services available. Can government agencies seize

Can You Run A City Based On Happiness?

Here’s an interesting article on how a city can learn more about its citizens by using data analytics. The results are always surprising! Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Project is the result of two years of work and a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The goal was

The geopolitical implications of nanotechnology

The correlation between nanotech and national security is often limited to applications of nanotech in the military (and the extent to which it can redefine technological asymmetries on the battlefield). It is, however, crucial to understand that the repercussions of nanotechnology on geopolitics and national

Fear of Freedom

By Tim Cole Historians of the 21st century may well date the beginning of Digital Enlightenment from the collapse of the Twin Towers in Manhattan which had an earth-shaking effect in more ways than one. It also upset Western civilization’s belief in one of the

The Military-Industrial-Googleplex is Creating Artificial Intelligence

One needs to understand why Hawking, Musk and many other AI experts are truly frightened about the potential uncontrollability of machine-learning and artificial intelligence as it relates to warfare. At the simplest level, Google’s DeepMind researchers are experimenting with what happens when programmers do not

Keep the Internet Open and Free

The President did one of the gutsiest things he’s done in the six years he’s been in office yesterday. He came out in favor of treating access to the Internet as a basic and essential service that should be approached like phone calls, electricity, water,