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  • These Are the Pentagon’s New Ethics “Principles” for AI in Warfare
    by Foster Kamer on February 25, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    “Ethical Use” On Monday, the Pentagon announced the official adoption of a series of new principles for ethical use of artificial intelligence in warfare, the Associated Press reports. The principals were formed out of a commission with the (darkly newsspeak-y) name the Defense Innovation Board, who released their recommendations for these […]

  • DARPA’s Working on a Nuclear-Powered Rocket for Easy Moon Access
    by Jon Christian on February 25, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    The Pentagon wants a way to move cargo around the space between the Earth and the Moon, and it’s directed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a nuclear-powered rocket for that precise purpose. “An agile nuclear thermal propulsion vehicle enables the [Defense Department] to maintain space domain awareness of the The […]

  • Here’s a Glossary for the Ongoing Coronavirus Outbreak’s Vocab
    by Dan Robitzski on February 25, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    As the ongoing coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, claim lives, and emerge in new countries, a lot of confusing and occasionally-conflicting information is spreading along with it. It doesn’t help, of course, that it took so long for the World Health Organization to come up with an official name for the disease. Nor is it The post Here’s […]

  • Airbnb Wants Hosts to Buy “Party Prevention” Devices
    by Victor Tangermann on February 25, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Airbnb is selling smart “party prevention” devices for over $100 to hosts in an attempt to stop parties that get out of hands in their tracks. The smoke detector-resembling sensors can detect changes in the noise level, temperature, and even humidity. All hosts have to do is plug it into an outlet. It’s an arguably The post Airbnb Wants […]

  • Study: Boomers Smoking Weed at Unprecedented Rates
    by Foster Kamer on February 25, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    From the Department of Sociological Nonshockers comes a study proclaiming that America’s baby boomers are, in fact, blazing up, bogarting the blunt, inhaling indica, bonging the bud, smoking the stickyicky — however you say it, the conclusion is clear: adults over the age of 65 are consuming marijuana at steadily increasing rates. The study, […]

  • Space Force Working “Pretty Closely With Elon Musk and SpaceX”
    by Dan Robitzski on February 25, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    As the Space Force worked its way from emerging as a bizarre half-thought in Trump’s brain to becoming a fully-fledged branch of the U.S. military, many questions surfaced about what exactly it would do — and how it would differ from NASA and the Air Force’s ongoing work in orbit. Lieutenant General David The post Space Force Working […]

  • This Gigantic Neptune-Sized Exoplanet is Incredibly Close
    by Victor Tangermann on February 25, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    A team of astronomers at Penn State just confirmed the existence of G 9-40b, a gigantic super-Earth only roughly 90 light years from Earth. The team used the astronomical spectrograph called The Habitable Zone Planet Finder (HPF) that’s currently in development at an observatory in Texas. The exoplanet is at least twice as massive as The post This […]

  • Governments Shut Down the Internet Hundreds of Times in 2019
    by Victor Tangermann on February 25, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Fake News According to a new report by digital rights group Access Now, the internet was intentionally shut off more than 200 times in 33 countries, affecting tens of millions of people world wide. In 2018, only 25 countries were affected. Data included in the report suggests that the shutdowns occurred increasingly when people were The post Governments […]

  • Drugmaker Ships First Batch of Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines
    by Dan Robitzski on February 25, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Scientists at the pharmaceutical company Moderna Inc. just shipped out a batch of a new, experimental vaccine that might protect people against the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The company sent the first batch of the vaccine to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) on Monday, The Wall Street Journal reports. There, federal […]

  • Iranian Health Minister Plays Down Virus Outbreak, Then Catches It
    by Victor Tangermann on February 25, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Iran’s health ministry confirmed today in an interview that the country’s deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi has tested positive for COVID-19, Reuters reports. In a video released today, Harirchi claimed he was self-isolating and starting medication. It’s an awkward predicament for the minister. Just on Monday, he was seen repeatedly […]

 

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