The Technical Consequences of Trump’s Telecom Supply Chain Emergency

The president wanted to let the Commerce Department cut Huawei off from U.S. components. His order may do quite a bit more.

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Targeting the Islamic State, Or Why the Military Should Invest in Artificial Intelligence

On Halloween, 2016, aircraft from seven countries gathered in the skies over Iraq’s western desert to conduct a coordinated strike. Intelligence reporting

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Marine vet accused of posing as Mexican drug cartel to extort members of his own right-wing militia

This is funny … to top it, it is in Eastern Washington too! Lets not forget he got 13% of the vote.

A nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for a onetime candidate for Stevens County, Washington sheriff who allegedly tried to extort members of his right-wing militia group through anonymous written threats backed by insinuations they came from a Mexican drug cartel

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Big Tech and Democracy: The Critical Role of Congress

Technology has reached a critical juncture in American society. The unfettered optimism of recent decades is now tempered through rising concerns over privacy and security, the impact of disinformation campaigns, and increasing calls for digital accountability. It is clear that the 116th Congress will face pressure to shape technological innovation through policies that protect and serve the best interests of their constituents.

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Here Are The Funniest (And Most NSFW) Reactions To The Black Hole Image

Yesterday we saw the first ever image of a black hole (or at least the event horizon of a black hole). It was a monumental milestone for science and for just one day everybody put aside their snark and gazed in awe and wonder at the first-ever view of one of the weirdest objects in the universe.

Just kidding, they took the piss out of a black hole.

After the light traveled 54 million light-years across the universe it arrived on Earth where we immediately turned it into a Goatse meme (which you should never Google if you don’t already know what it is by the way)

Source: Here Are The Funniest (And Most NSFW) Reactions To The Black Hole Image

Pentagon Pulls Funding for Team of Academics Who Work on the Most Difficult Scientific Problems

May be it be back as Jason Rebourne!

The U.S. Department of Defense under Patrick M. Shanahan has quietly pulled funding for an independent organization called the Jason Group under the Pentagon’s latest budget proposal. And it’s just one more way that the Trump regime is chipping away at independent scientific voices in the U.S. government.

Source: Pentagon Pulls Funding for Team of Academics Who Work on the Most Difficult Scientific Problems

How to Deal with Increasingly Complex Safety-Critical Technologies

The authors analyze the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident and the recent back-to-back crashes of two Boeing 737 Max jets and make policy recommendations for the regulation of increasingly complex technologies.

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Huawei and Managing 5G Risk

It’s worth inserting some technical realities into the debate over whether the United States and its allies should or shouldn’t allow acquisition of Huawei 5G technology for use in communications …

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