22 May 2018

The Line Between Big Tech and Defense Work

“Silicon Valley’s history is inextricably linked to military work. The internet itself grew out of a project at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and many tech firms benefited from robust defense spending during the Cold War. More recently, however, some tech firms obscured their government ties, particularly after the

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18 May 2018

Is Quantum Computing Ushering in an Era of No More Secrets?

In one of my favorite movies of all time, a brilliant mathematician creates a device capable of breaking the encryption used for air traffic control, global banking, and other critical applications. His company Setec Astronomy (an anagram for Too Many Secrets) has created such a powerful secret breaking device that

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16 May 2018

Russia hypersonic weapon likely ready for war by 2020

“While it is unclear whether Avangard will be outfitted with explosives, the precision and speed of the weapon is believed to pack enough force to obliterate targets. The weapon, which Moscow has been developing for three decades, can travel at least five times the speed of sound, or about one

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11 May 2018

CIA to Use Amazon Cloud to Run Big Data Intelligence Experiments

“The Central Intelligence Agency is looking to team up with industry experts to run a series of open-source intelligence projects using its Amazon cloud. The agency released a revised acquisition schedule on May 7 for a project known as Mesa Verde that will test the frontiers of big data and

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11 May 2018

US commercial drones given green light

“Drones that monitor crops, control mosquito populations and deliver defibrillators are to be tested in US airspace. Ten commercial drone projects have been selected to try out new ways for unmanned aircraft to be integrated into the skies.” Source: US commercial drones given green light – BBC News

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09 May 2018

Surveillance system can scan Chinese population ‘in 1 second’

“new, advanced facial recognition system, which can theoretically scan the entire Chinese population of 1.3 billion people within one second, has quietly entered service with public-security apparatus in 16 locations across China to help police crack down on criminals and improve security.” Source: Surveillance system can scan Chinese population ‘in 1

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07 May 2018

Pentagon moves closer to ‘swarming drones’ capability with new systems test

“Flying aircraft carriers that launch and recover fleets of small, inexpensive drones could soon be part of the U.S. military arsenal, as the Pentagon works with private technology partners to engineer that vision into reality.” Source: Pentagon moves closer to ‘swarming drones’ capability with new systems test – The Washington

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04 May 2018

The Energy Department is Investing $30 Million in Quantum Research

“‘Quantum information science represents the future in a wide range of fields from computing to physics to materials science, and it will play a major role in shaping the technologies of tomorrow,’ said Energy Secretary Rick Perry. ‘It’s vital that American science and American scientists lead the way into this

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04 May 2018

Pakistan pushes for homegrown satellite development

“Pakistan has launched an ambitious satellite program as part of ongoing efforts to wean itself off dependence on foreign-owned assets for civil and military applications.” Source: Pakistan pushes for homegrown satellite development

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02 May 2018

Trump again teases ‘space force’ as the sixth military branch

“President Donald Trump on Tuesday again hinted at the possibility of a new military service dedicated to space, saying discussions are already underway with defense officials.” Source: Trump again teases ‘space force’ as the sixth military branch

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