There Is No Free Market For Electricity: Can There Ever Be?

American Affairs Journal | By: Travis Kavulla: Electricity is an input in virtually everything we do as a modern society. Few Americans remember what it was like to live without it and its attendant benefits on quality of life, labor productivity, and human health. Electricity is today largely taken for granted, yet for middle-class and older Americans utility bills often…

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Rotorcraft Community Warns Against Court’s Drone Registry Rejection:

Rotor And Wing International | By: S.L. Fuller | May 23, 2017: A U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., recently ruled that the FAA cannot require unmanned aircraft system (UAS) hobbyists to register their drones under a December 2015 rule. No registration means no information and no efficient way to track hobby drones that pose a danger to other…

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Media Manipulation And Disinformation Online:

Data & Society Research Institute | By: Alice Marwick and Rebecca Lewis: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Internet subcultures take advantage of the current media ecosystem to manipulate news frames, set agendas, and propagate ideas: Far-right groups have developed techniques of “attention hacking” to increase the visibility of their ideas through the strategic use of social media, memes, and bots—as well as by…

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Pentagon Mapmakers Want To Tap Mobile Ad Technology. Here’s Why:

Defense One | By: Mohana Ravindranath | May 22, 2017: While the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency keeps its operations secret, it’s looking into the some of the country’s flashiest technology hotbeds for new ideas. The spy agency, whose mapping projects are used in combat support and general intelligence operations, has been sending staff to Boston, Austin and New York to absorb…

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Swift Unveils “First Ever” Cross-Border Payments Tracker:

Bankingtech.com | By: Antony Peyton | 23 May, 2017: Corporate treasurers have a moment to treasure as Swift has unveiled its new cross-border payments “Tracker” for real-time tracing. Swift says Tracker is the “cornerstone” of its global payments innovation (gpi) initiative – which went live in February – with the aim to deliver greater speed, transparency and end to end…

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Interconnectors — Moving Clean Power Around a Continent:

Renewable Energy World | By: Tom Ewing | May 22, 2017: In the U.K., National Grid (NG) is the utility that owns the high voltage electricity network in England and Wales. It is also one of four British gas distribution companies. It’s a big player — “joining everything up” (NG writes) — within the U.K.’s overall energy system. Now, NG…

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Forensic Intelligence: Increasing The Value Of Science To Justice:

ESR | Latest News: How can past criminal case data help justice today and in the future? ESR’s Forensic Intelligence project is currently developing ways to enhance the value of forensic science to the justice system. The six month pilot project is a collaboration between ESR’s Jeff Foote and Graeme Nicholas (Risk and Response Group), and Dion Sheppard (Forensic Business…

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Stanford Researchers Push Forward Quantum Computing Research:

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-21 03:29:21|Editor: Yamei: Stanford University electrical engineering Professor Jelena Vuckovic and colleagues at her laboratory are working on new materials that could become the basis for quantum computing. While silicon transistors in traditional computers push electricity through devices to create digital ones and zeros, quantum computers work by isolating spinning electrons inside a new type of semiconductor material.…

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Ford Using First Over-The-Air Software Updates To Its 2016 Cars:

Reuters | Technology News | Fri May 19, 2017 | 3:31pm EDT: Ford Motor Co said on Friday it would delve into the growing arena of “over-the-air” software updates, adding Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its Sync 3-equipped 2016 vehicles for the first time via a wireless software update. The latest upgrade to Sync 3, Ford’s interactive touch-screen system,…

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Softbank-Saudi Tech Fund Becomes World’s Biggest With $93 Billion Of Capital:

Reuters | Technology News | By: Andrew Torchia | Sun May 21, 2017 | 11:02am EDT: The world’s largest private equity fund, backed by Japan’s Softbank Group and Saudi Arabia’s main sovereign wealth fund, said on Saturday it had raised over $93 billion to invest in technology sectors such as artificial intelligence and robotics. “The next stage of the Information…

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Drone Play:

Aviation Week & Space Technology | By: Graham Warwick | May 15 – 28 2017: Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed push to break into the commercial unmanned—aircraft market the growing commercial unmanned aircraft market, but rather than developing new vehicles they are targeting the business of providing services to large customers. Airbus has formed a U.S.-based company called Airbus Aerial to…

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Drug Cartels Heavily Rely On GPS Devices To Track Shipments, Feds Say:

Fox News | By: Elizabeth Llorente | May 15, 2017: The GPS has increasingly become a drug dealer’s new partner in crime. Drug-smuggling groups are relying on the device to keep tabs on drug packages as they wind their way through Central America to the United States, according to published reports. The criminals attach the drug shipments to buoys, send…

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The Risks Of Bias And Errors In Artificial Intelligence:

An Intelligence in Our Image | The Risks of Bias and Errors in Artificial Intelligence: Rand Corporation: By: Osonde A. Osoba, William Welser IV: Machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence systems influence many aspects of people’s lives: news articles, movies to watch, people to spend time with, access to credit, and even the investment of capital. Algorithms have been empowered…

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Regulators Edge Closer To Beyond Line Of Sight UAS (Drones):

Aviation Week & Space Technology | Graham Warwick and John Croft | Apr 28, 2017: An AeroVironment Puma AE small unmanned aircraft inspected a dozen miles of power lines in rural Virginia in April to demonstrate flights beyond the operator’s line of sight. The FAA issued a “Drotam” to alert other airspace users, the aircraft carried three different communications links,…

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The Critical National Security Battle The Media Isn’t Telling You About:

By John Moody | Published May 09, 2017 | Fox News: A fascinating battle is shaping up between two American entrepreneurs for control of a desert mine in California that could be the key to reviving domestic production of rare earths, the metals and materials that are critical to our national security. But there’s a catch: one entrepreneur is linked…

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Smartphones And Social Media Can Help Ease The Stress Of Unanticipated Delays:

Helen Massy-Beresford | Paris | Aviation Week | May 1-14, 2017: Airlines are able to deal more efficiently with disruptions in scheduling thanks to the social media revolution. Most passengers possess smartphones and endless apps so, ideally, keeping travelers apprised (and sanguine) about delays is easy to accomplish. But this can be a double-edged sword. “It’s really been in the…

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American Airlines Moving To Data-Driven Decisions To Cancel Or Disrupt Flights:

By: John Croft | Washington | Aviation Week | May 1-14, 2017: With a blizzard set to slam the Northeast U.S. on a Monday night in mid-March, airlines on the preceding Saturday began pre-emptively canceling flights. Flight-tracking website Flightaware.com listed more than 9,000 operations that had been canceled between Sunday and Wednesday, when the recovery began. American Airlines ultimately proactively…

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Parrot Positions Its Consumer Drones For 3D Modeling, Mapping And Agricultural Uses:

Techcrunch | By: Matt Burns | May 8, 2017: Parrot today announced packages for its consumer drones aimed at small businesses. The company has long served the professional market, but this announcement repositions the Bebop and Disco drones as off-the-shelf solutions for 3D modeling, mapping and agricultural uses. After all, drones are most interesting as data capture devices and this…

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