Tagged: security

China’s quest for techno-military supremacy - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 08, 2018

Adam Ni, Australian National University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to transform China’s military into the world’s most powerful force by 2050. And he could be on track to do it. On the opening day of its National People’s Congress in Beijing yesterday, … Read More

How the firearms industry influences US gun culture, in 6 charts - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 26, 2018

Michael Siegel, Boston University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Americans have blamed many culprits, from mental illness to inadequate security, for the tragic mass shootings that are occurring with increasing frequency in schools, offices and theaters across the U.S. Yet in our nation’s ongoing conversation about the root … Read More

We should learn to work with robots and not worry about them taking our jobs - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 21, 2018

David Tuffley, Griffith University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. We have all heard the dire predictions about robots coming to steal our jobs. Some would even have us believe these silicon bogeymen are coming to kill us. It plays straight into people’s darkest fears about technology. When … Read More

Lithium laptop batteries on planes - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 02, 2017

Last time I flew domestically in New Zealand, I had to make sure that my spare lithium battery pack was in carry-on rather than checked. It’s safer that way because a fire from a shorted battery can be contained in the cabin but can’t be so easily contained in the hold.  Made sense. America’s looking to broaden its ban on … Read More

A couple of “oldies” inject some sense into international politics - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 05, 2015

Politicking: Stephen Cohen on the Ukraine crisis and his ‘unpatriotic’ views At last – something sensible from an American perspective on the Ukrainian crisis and the new cold war. The trouble is – it’s a minority viewpoint and no-one in power seems to be listening. Similar articles … Read More

NZ hikes terrorism threat to “low”, ignores Pentagon warning of “immediate” threat from climate change - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Oct 20, 2014

So, the threat of a terrorist attack on New Zealand is upon us has risen from “very low” to “low” — second to lowest in a ranking that has six levels. Cabinet is now urgently reviewing our security laws to make sure we’re equipped to deal with this horrific new threat. The media has dedicated […] … Read More

Solutions that only occur to economists? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 12, 2014

Every now and then I see tweets like this one. We call this physical "security" cc @SwiftOnSecurity pic.twitter.com/F0ixIZPgHF— DownloadMoreRam.com (@DownloadMoreRam) October 1, 2014It's inevitable that keypads will wear, dramatically reducing the number of options over which an intruder need search in a brute-force attack.So why not design for it at the outset? Make and sell pads that … Read More

007 Billion – Crowdsourcing Intel - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Oct 11, 2012

A few years ago DARPA’s little sibling IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity) sought to improve the forecasting of future events through crowdsourcing. It established the Aggregative Contingent Estimation Program to “improve accuracy, precision and timeliness of forecasts for a broad range of events”. [Crowdsourcing refers to tapping into the insights of any and everyone with … Read More

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