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Jan 22, 2018

Inequality gap widens as ‘world’s richest 1% get 82% of the wealth,’ Oxfam says

Posted by in categories: business, economics, policy

Oxfam said its figures, which some observers have criticized, showed economic rewards were “increasingly concentrated” at the top. The charity cited tax evasion, the erosion of worker’s rights, cost-cutting and businesses’ influence on policy decisions as reasons for the widening inequality gap.

Just 42 people own the same amount of wealth as the poorest 50 percent worldwide, a new study by global charity Oxfam claimed.

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Jan 11, 2018

Say it again, Bitcoin Investors: “Bad News is Good News”

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, government, policy

By now, every interested news-junkie is aware that Bitcoin plummeted from $15,000 to $13,000 (USD exchange rate) on January 11, 2018. This morning, every news outlet and armchair analyst attributes the drop to the Korean government signaling that it will ban Bitcoin trading among its citizens.

With Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un butting heads over nuclear missile tests and the upcoming Winter Olympics, you would think that South Korea has other priorities than banning Bitcoin.

As with all news—except accidents—the Korean plans were known by a few insiders (in this case, government bureaucrats), and so the influence on value was bigger than the drop that occurred after the news story. In the days before this “event”, it was probably responsible for a drop of about $4500 in exchange value.

Listen up Wild Ducks! We have heard this before. On Sept 11, China announced the exact same thing. I wrote about it in the most popular article of my 7 years as Blogger: Bad News is Good News for Bitcoin Investors.

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Dec 18, 2017

Billionaires May Be the Future of Space Policy. Here’s What They Want

Posted by in categories: policy, space

Space nations, UFOs, and Mars colonies are on the wish list.

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Dec 14, 2017

2017 SRF Summer Scholars Selfie Video

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, life extension, policy

The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer, atherosclerosis, and Parkinson’s Disease. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Summer Scholar is responsible for his or her own research project in such areas as genetic engineering and stem cell research. The Summer Scholars Program emphasizes development of both laboratory and communication skills to develop well-rounded future scientists, healthcare professionals, and policy makers.

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Dec 10, 2017

The Risks of AI to Security and the Future of Work

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, employment, policy, robotics/AI

As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more prevalent in the domains of security and employment, what are the policy implications? What effects might AI have on cybersecurity, criminal and civil justice, and labor market patterns?

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Dec 8, 2017

Canada begins paying basic income to citizens

Posted by in categories: economics, health, policy

Canada is testing a basic income to discover what impact the policy has on unemployed people and those on low incomes.

The province of Ontario is planning to give 4,000 citizens thousands of dollars a month and assess how it affects their health, wellbeing, earnings and productivity.

It is among a number of regions and countries across the globe that are now piloting the scheme, which sees residents given a certain amount of money each month regardless of whether or not they are in work.

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Dec 4, 2017

It’s Gonna Get A Lot Easier To Break Science Journal Pay Walls — By Adam Rogers | Wired

Posted by in categories: big data, education, policy, science

““Access to science is going to be a first-world privilege,” Geltner says. “That’s the opposite of what science is supposed to be about.””

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Dec 1, 2017

Cryptography and radar won WW2 and today Quantum military technologies are similarly critical

Posted by in categories: encryption, military, policy, quantum physics

Cryptography and radar were technologies that won World War 2. Broken codes let the allies know where major forces were being moved. So the US fleet could choose where to intercept the Japanese Navy for the Battle of Midway. Radar and sonar then provided realtime tracking of the Japanese forces during the battle.

This is a summary of information from a Foreign Policy article by Thomas E. Ricks.

Quantum entanglement, quantum superposition, and quantum tunneling can be applied in new forms of computation, sensing, and cryptography.

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Nov 29, 2017

How four recent launches signaled new leaps in North Korea’s missile capabilities

Posted by in categories: existential risks, policy

“There is no excuse for acting surprised when you see video of a mushroom cloud” on TV, said Adam Mount of the Federation of American Scientists for nuclear and defense policy.

North Korea has launched 18 missile tests in 2017, and 13 were successful.

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Nov 27, 2017

U.S. Transhumanist Party Chairman’s Anniversary Message

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, policy, transhumanism

Some anniversary info from the Transhumanist Party, which I founded a few years back. This growing political party—under new leadership now—continues to prove important and inspiring. Congratulations to all those who have helped it forward! #transhumanism

Gennady Stolyarov II

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