Remember the letter that Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and others released in August 2015 warning the world about artificially intelligent weapons could destroy civilization? An organization called autonomousweapons.org has turned that prophesy into a compelling short video. Please take a look and tell me your thoughts.
and the GOP should look at tax reform as a "deal" instead of an
overdue entitlement. For years, Republicans have been loath to hand over their
“hard-earned money” to the federal government on April 15th, even
though they benefit as much—if not more—than most Americans from the services
the government provides. Many
in Congress have even taken a pledge concocted by Grover Norquist of Americans
for Tax Reform never to raise taxes or
eliminate tax loopholes. In effect, many Republicans have come to see tax
reform as a right, on a par with free speech and other constitutional mandates.
no doubt that a tax code that totals
more than 10 million words needs reform—or at least a good editor. It costs
American businesses a bundle in accounting, compliance, legal, and auditing costs.
And none of those expenditures go toward productivity; they’re defensive and
there are likely to be winners and losers in the GOP plan, and one obvious
loser is the U…
Before the US government gets carried away trying to regulate Facebook and other major tech companies, it should take a very long look inside its own walls. The U.S. government is the biggest data miner in the country, dwarfing any tech company, including Facebook, in terms of the impact their data collection has on Americans lives. It starts with the Census Bureau—America’s repository of big data—which collects information on Americans’ ethnicity, age, health status, military status and more. But it doesn’t stop there—the data also show where Americans live, what kind of housing they live in, what they earn, where they live, how they commute, what they spend on food, rent, housing, clothing, whether they have a desktop or a laptop, whether they’re on the Food Stamp program, and how long it takes to get to work to name just a few of the 77 questions in the American Community Survey. And here’s my favorite: “About how much do you think this house and lot, apartment, or mobile home (and …