AI to ‘fundamentally shift’ global balance of power

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The focus of Australia’s cyber diplomacy is expanding to include “grand strategy in technology”, as well as engagement with technology firms and governments.

Rapidly maturing technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), and quantum computing will “shift fundamentally the global balance of power”, according to Dr Tobias Feakin, Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs.

“Those [nations] that really are at the forefront of AI and the way that it works will genuinely be at the forefront of the emerging 21st century economy,” he told the Australian Cybersecurity Conference, or CyberCon, in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Some nations are already positioning themselves to take advantage of these technologies.

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Virtual schools growing, critics question effectiveness to educate children

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A virtual school delivers lessons online to a child who progresses at her own pace.

K12 Inc.. a Virginia company leading a national movement to replace classrooms with computers — in which children as young as 5 can learn at home at taxpayer expense — is facing a backlash from critics who are questioning its funding, quality and oversight.

 

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‘Borderless internet’ is officially dead

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SOPA would set up US website blacklisting, require search engine censorship, and divide the Internet into “domestic” and “foreign” sites.

In L.P. Hartley’s novel, The Go-Between, he wrote, “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”  When Hartley wrote his novel of adolescent sexual awakening he knew nothing of the internet.  Had he know he might have been shocked just how quickly the past became a foreign place. 

 

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Obama Adminstration Eyeing National Internet ID for All Americans

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The Obama administration is currently drafting what it’s calling the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.

President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said.

 

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Do We Really Want Google Telling Us What We Should Do?

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Science fiction never imagined Google, but it did imagine computers that would advise us what to do.

“I Actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions,” said the search giant’s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, in a recent and controversial interview. “They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.” Do we really desire Google to tell us what we should be doing next? I believe that we do, though with some rather complicated qualifiers.

 

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Can Twitter Fix an Economy in Crisis?

Can Twitter Fix an Economy in Crisis?

In search of a future for Brentwood, CA … and the U.S. work force

Raymond Alvarez:  Earthquakes, a great flood, fires – seemingly nothing could stop the rocking ’90s and California’s Contra Costa County, an area bounded by high tech companies to the south and industrial giants in the north.

Then came the fourth horseman of the apocalypse, the real estate bust.

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