It's been a busy year in the world of robotics and the politics surrounding it, the latest development coming in the form of potentially conflicting comments from two Pentagon officials hinting at what the future of an international killer robot ban -- or lack thereof -- might look like. Not only has the job-killing potential … Continue reading DoD officials offer conflicting hints on killer robot policy
Silicon Valley behemoth Google was hit with a record €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) fine Tuesday from the European Union for improperly promoting its own services in search results, and ordered to change its practices within 90 days or face further penalties. "We respectfully disagree with the conclusions announced today," Google's general counsel reportedly said, adding … Continue reading Despite Google record fine, ‘super-monopolies’ unlikely to change much
The idea that protesters should "Occupy Silicon Valley" is not entirely new. It was floated more than five years ago, in the midst of the Occupy Wall Street protests, perhaps unsurprisingly in a Forbes opinion piece by a defender of business as usual on Wall Street. Recently, though, the prediction of a populist backlash against … Continue reading Wall St. strategist predicts ‘Occupy Silicon Valley’ populist movement
Late last month, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work announced the launch of an "Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team" under a new program called Project Maven. "As numerous studies have made clear, the Department of Defense (DoD) must integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning more effectively across operations to maintain advantages over increasingly capable adversaries and … Continue reading New Pentagon ‘Algorithmic Warfare’ team to ‘open Pandora’s box’ of A.I.
Last week at an Air Force Association event, William Roper, head of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office, shared some of his thoughts on artificial intelligence, and the role he envisions for it in the next major war. Except that the outbreak of this hypothetical future conflict "shouldn’t look like war at all," as Defense … Continue reading DoD officials deny ‘general AI’ plans they admire tech companies for working on
During the election campaign, nearly all of Silicon Valley's biggest tech executives backed Hillary Clinton. But following Donald Trump's victory in November and a meeting last month between the president-elect and tech leaders, Silicon Valley appears to be largely embracing the incoming administration as the political landscape shifts. Eric Schmidt, chairman of Alphabet, parent company … Continue reading Silicon Valley warms up to Trump
The American Civil Liberties Union of California revealed on Tuesday that it has obtained records from prominent social media companies showing that up until recently they had agreements with a controversial data mining company called Geofeedia that markets its social media surveillance services to law enforcement agencies. The companies named in the ACLU report -- … Continue reading Facebook let surveillance company monitor its favorite protest group
While the news cycle focuses on the U.S. presidential election and Democratic primaries, another event this week may influence the course of world events equally if not more, though it's hard to say, given its secrecy. The 2016 meeting of the Bilderberg Group kicks off in Dresden, Germany this Thursday and lasts through the weekend. … Continue reading Bilderberg Details Elusive as Dresden Meeting Nears