The Rise of the Killer Robot

by Binoy Kampmark CounterPunch (August 25 2017)   As companies building the technologies in artificial intelligence and robotics that may be repurposed to develop autonomous weapons, we feel especially responsible in raising this alarm. - Open Letter to the UN on Autonomous technology, August 2017   Melbourne. Do you leave the gruesome task of killing, … Continue reading The Rise of the Killer Robot

If Blockchains Ran the World

Disrupting the Trust Business The trust business is little noticed but huge. Startups deploying blockchain technology threaten to disrupt it, and much else besides http://worldif.economist.com (July 06 2017) http://asset.static-economist.com/sites/default/files/styles/wif1190x670x1/public/_0005_Business_Longarm_16_9_0.jpg   We like lists because we don't want to die.   What Umberto Eco, an Italian writer, said about human beings applies even more to the … Continue reading If Blockchains Ran the World

There’s a Reason Why …

... Washington and London Won't Quit the Business of Killing by Vladimir Odintsov New Eastern Outlook (August 25 2017) https://journal-neo.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/563223423.jpg The god of war is a greedy beast all right. On August 23, a coalition of Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia, carried yet another barbaric bombardment in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a, which resulted … Continue reading There’s a Reason Why …

Out of Control

The Washington War Making Machine by Phil Butler New Eastern Outlook (August 24 2017) https://journal-neo.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/sendung-vom-05022017-kampf-um-werte-100-_v-varl_c7e812.jpg Do you trust Trump enough to allow him to start a nuclear war "on an assumption"? The alleged Democratic National Committee ("DNC") leaks and the so-called "Russiagate" are a hoax concocted to perpetuate crisis, and nothing more. Most people sense … Continue reading Out of Control

Prepare for Negative Interest Rates …

... in the Next Recession, Says Top Economist http://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/business/2017/08/11/TELEMMGLPICT000031308264_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqpVlberWd9EgFPZtcLiMQfyf2A9a6I9YchsjMeADBa08.jpeg Harvard economics professor Ken Rogoff believes central banks will need to cut interest rates into negative territory in the next recession, as QE and forward guidance are not sufficiently powerful tools to boost the economy.CREDIT: ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG NEWS by Tim Wallace The Telegraph (August 13 2017) … Continue reading Prepare for Negative Interest Rates …