we’ve done similar things, as Jaconson notes—it’s an effort “comparable to the Apollo moon project or constructing the interstate highway system,” just compressed into a short timescale and requiring action from a majority of nations.
Source: 100% Renewable Energy in 40 Years Not Limited to Our Wildest Dreams: Study | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Speaking at a conference hosted by The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas late last week, our chairman and CEO, Rex Tillerson, made an interesting statement that I think has implications for U.S. policy as we usher in a new Congress.
That’s why in 2007, ExxonMobil committed $125 million to help found the National Math and Science Initiative, a nation-wide effort to identify the most successful math and science education programs and scale them up to the national level.
Source: Fix education, fix the future | ExxonMobil’s Perspectives Blog
Someone once asked Napoleon how he decided where to assign soldiers. Napoleon’s reply was that it’s simple: soldiers are either smart or dumb, lazy or energetic
Leaders need to make things happen. Teachers need to teach. Programmers need to write code. These basic skills are necessary, but they are not enough.
Source: Dumb and gets things done
StarCraft, one of the most popular games ever made, also serves as the perfect proving ground for artificial intelligence.
Source: Skynet meets the Swarm: how the Berkeley Overmind won the 2010 StarCraft AI competition | Ars Technica
A privacy group that wanted the Transportation Security Authority’s collection of 2,000 “see through your clothing” body scans was blocked this week by a federal court. Releasing those images could reveal the machine’s vulnerabilities, it turns out.
Source: No peeking: TSA’s naked body scan images stay secret | Ars Technica
So the machines are hideously expensive, don’t work to catch terrorists, and can save and transmit images of naked people…
What is net neutrality?
Why should I care?
ISPs want to control your internet connection. Learn about net neutrality and why we can’t let this happen.
Network neutrality is the idea that your cellular, cable, or phone internet connection should treat all websites and services the same. Big companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast want to treat them differently so they can charge you more depending on what you use.
Source: A Guide to the Open Internet
A graphical representation attempting to explain in simple terms why the average US citizen should care about net neutrality.
Net neutrality is about “free” as in “freedom”, not “free” as in “free beer”. Net neutrality would not prevent ISPs for charging for bandwidth. It would prevent them from specifying the application of that bandwidth.