14 Feb 2014

DARPA , NSA & Forecasting the Future Technology

“The program can be used to predict what would happen in the event of a large scale tsunami, revolutions, uprisings, conflicts, riots or how people would react during a bioterror attack. Businesses can use the models to predict how a new product would fare in the market, what kind of

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10 Jan 2014

The Potential of Social Network Analysis in Intelligence

By Kristan J. Wheaton and Melonie K. Richey The legality of the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) use of US citizens’ metadata to identify and track foreign intelligence organizations and their operatives is currently a subject of much debate. Less well understood (and consequently routinely misreported) are the capabilities and limitations

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09 Jan 2014

Silicon Valley’s New Spy Satellites

“Imagine an energy company which manages a pipeline through Canada’s taiga. The company’s charged with maintaining that pipeline, with making sure it isn’t leaking and hasn’t been compromised. So, every day, the company pays a local to get in a plane and fly over the otherwise inert, massive metal tube,

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04 Jan 2014

US military report predicts drone swarms, highly autonomous UAVs

Autonomous drone software is already here if you know where to look. “The US military hopes that drones will be capable of changing their own missions, altering course without a human command, and buzzing through the skies in coordinated groups within the next 25 years, according to a new Defense

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30 Dec 2013

FAA picks six states for drone testing

“The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday said it had selected sites in six states to test unmanned aircraft systems, a decision that could bring billions in economic development as the number of drone manufacturers grows in coming years. The FAA selected teams based in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota,

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04 Dec 2013

African mobile penetration hits 80% (and is growing faster than anywhere else)

For many markets there will be no Post-PC evolution. There will only be Post-PC. “A new report on the African telecommunications market highlights that mobile penetration in Africa hit 80 percent in the first quarter of this year and is still growing at 4.2 percent annually. That’s faster than anywhere

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09 Nov 2013

Computer model predicts crime hot spots: Truants sometimes also are burglars

“And in a recent study from the University of California, Riverside, you might be interested in a new computer model that anticipates crime hot spots, according to the November 4, 2013 news release, ‘Computer model anticipates crime hot spots.’ Collaboration between a University of California – Riverside (UCR) sociologist and

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09 Nov 2013

Scientists expect GOCE satellite to crash to Earth in just days

“The European Space Agency says its GOCE research satellite will crash to Earth on Sunday night or during the day on Monday, but debris is unlikely to cause any casualties. Scientists say the 1,100-kilogram (2,425-pound) satellite already has fallen to an altitude of 170 kilometers (105 miles) and is spiraling

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26 Oct 2013

Japan tests asteroid-blasting ‘space cannon’

“Japan’s space agency conducted a successful test this week of its ‘space cannon,’ expected to depart on a mission to shoot an asteroid in 2014, as part of the Hayabusa 2 mission. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to launch space probe Hayabusa 2 to an asteroid next year, in

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10 Oct 2013

Some say health-care site’s problems highlight flawed federal IT policies

“Problems with the federal government’s new health-care Web site have attracted legions of armchair analysts who speak of its problems with ‘virtualization’ and ‘load testing.’ Yet increasingly, they are saying the root cause is not simply a matter of flawed computer code but rather the government’s habit of buying outdated,

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