Biometrics: Changing the Way Medical Information is Gathered
Culture / Healthcare / Other / Technology

Biometrics: Changing the Way Medical Information is Gathered

In one sense, Telehealth services and biometric devices are similar; both have the potential to improve access to a breadth of valuable health information. They are also different in a sense that the proliferation and use of biometric devices may have more profound long-term societal and policy implications when compared to telehealth services. Biometric devices … Continue reading

Forever War: How Autonomous Technologies Challenge Morality and the Nature of War
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Forever War: How Autonomous Technologies Challenge Morality and the Nature of War

Major technological innovations in artificial intelligence are making worlds envisioned in sci-fi flicks like I, Robot a possibility. Humans and advanced, artificially intelligent technology are already working together to accomplish tasks, especially in the military sector. The U.S. is a leader of military artificial intelligence (AI). In 1953, the U.S. launched “computer-guided missiles,” the precursor to the Talos missile … Continue reading

Beer and Politics
Culture / Other / Politics

Beer and Politics

This Super Bowl Sunday, when you attend your party of choice take a minute to look around the room and see which beers your friends are drinking. According to National Media Research Planning and Placement there are distinct correlations between your beer and liquor preference and your partisan leaning. This data wasn’t pulled together based … Continue reading

Why Al Qaeda is not likely to act Hispanic.
Foreign Policy / Immigration / National Security / Other

Why Al Qaeda is not likely to act Hispanic.

This week, Rep. Louie Gohmert’s stated, in the vulnerable context of the Boston bombings, that there are links between Al Qaeda and Hispanics. Gohmert said: “We know Al Qaeda has camps over with the drug cartels on the other side of the Mexican border. We know that people that are now being trained to come … Continue reading

One Giant Leap for Aerospace
America / Economy / Other / U.S. Domestic Policy

One Giant Leap for Aerospace

Last Sunday, the private aerospace company SpaceX launched the first commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This launch, carried out by the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, is part of a $1.6 billion contract signed with NASA in 2006 to carry out at least 12 such missions. The unmanned launch carried needed supplies … Continue reading

Economy / Foreign Policy / Other / Politics

For Israel, Nuclear Iran Not Biggest Concern

All we hear from Israel is everything Iran. Netanyahu, in a fiery speech, said in relation to Iran: “as Prime Minister of Israel, I will never let my people live under the shadow of annihilation.” Israelis have lots of important issues on their plate. In Israel there are numerous social cleavages and economic issues that … Continue reading