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Things You Should Know But Don’t: A Modern Oracle

You may have already heard of the Allen Institute for AI’s newest project, “Ask Delphi”, after it went viral on […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: The Serial Killer Algorithm

The idea of technology and machines making some jobs easier- or even obsolete- is not a new concept. It’s been […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Dark Web Assassins

The Dark Web has its fair share of urban legends and myths because of its mysterious nature and barrier to […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: The Truth About the Dark Web

Once mysterious, the term Dark Web has become understood to be a place on the Internet that harbors criminals and […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Cryptocurrency’s Carbon Footprint

A little while back, the term NFT entered the popular lexicon. The acronym stands for “non-fungible token”, which does little […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: The Race for Mars

If you’ve been keeping up with space news, you’ll know that this summer has been busy. Between the private sector […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Dark Clouds of the Internet

I’ve written a few times now about the looming implications of the internet being so heavily tied to our infrastructure. […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Down and Out

In our modern world, one of the most frustrating things is not being able to get online. Whether your modem […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: The Influence of Social Media (Part 2)

Previously, we discussed the nature of social media and its influences on behavior. If you haven’t read the first part […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Celebrating Our Mysterious Neighbor

Tomorrow is National Moon Day (July 20) and we are supposed to celebrate all things Moon related.  Chances are, however, […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: The Influence of Social Media (Part 1)

It’s not news that social media is impacting our behavior. Researchers have long said that the changing landscape of the […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Ransomware 2.0

Ransomware has been around for a long time. The first case originates in the late 80s with something called the […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Webcam Security

Have you ever been sitting at your desk, using your laptop and noticed the light next to your webcam flash […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: When the Goal Outweighs the Risk

On April 29, China launched its first module for the new Tiangong space station aboard its Long March 5B rocket. […]

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Gas Lines Are Only The Beginning

On May 12, in the wake of the hack into the Colonial Pipeline that shut off gas supplies to millions […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: WhatsApp Privacy Controversy

In February, Facebook was hit with backlash due to its privacy updates to the popular chat platform, WhatsApp. According to […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: An [Un]Holy Alliance – Chapter 2

Two weeks ago, I reported on the alliance between China and Russia to build a permanent base on the Moon they call the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS).  While a specific timetable has yet to be laid out, there is an aspect of this project worth adding to my earlier comments.

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: A New [Un]Holy Alliance

You may have missed the news on March 9 that China and Russia formed a new alliance. They will work together to build a research station on the Moon.  They even have a name for it – the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS). 

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Your Hidden Profile

The use of biometric data has expanded exponentially, from using thumbprints for unlocking phones to voice activation technology. Facial recognition […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Pictures Are Worth $3 Billion

During the past weeks, space nerds everywhere have been marveling at the videos, photos, and sounds Perseverance has been broadcasting from Mars.

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I’ll Be Back…

While the Terminator has not arrived (yet), robotics and artificial intelligence have made quantum leaps toward reality.

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Second Place is No Place to Be

Recent press reports indicate that NASA has announced it is postponing until April 30, 2021 its decision to award a contract to one of three bidders for the development of a human lunar landing system. 

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: DarkMarket Takedown

The dark web is a seemingly endless, horrifying place where people can anonymously live out their worst impulses.

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Eye in the Sky Blinded

On December 1, 2020, after a number of failures by cables and the sockets holding them, the massive aperture spherical radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico suddenly collapsed.  Miraculously, no one was hurt.

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Chang’e 5

While China has been making unprecedented progress on space travel for the past few decades, this most recent mission drives home just how far behind the US is lagging in the space race.

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Global Internet

SpaceX, the private space exploration company owned by Elon Musk, is working on a solution called StarLink. In order to provide the entire world with access to dependable Wi-Fi 24/7, the company has created a series of satellites that can, in theory, allow a consumer to have high-speed Internet access in any location.

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Private vs. Public Sector Space Exploration

While both the private and public sectors are active, there are pros and cons to each side.

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: China’s Space Plants

While a far cry from living years or perhaps a lifetime in space or on another planet, different nations – including China – continue to research the best ways to make other astrological bodies habitable.

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China Is Winning the Space Race

China advances are undaunted and launched more rockets into space in 2019 than any other nation in the world with plans to repeat that feat in 2020. And don’t forget China’s lead in artificial intelligence and computer learning. Put it all together and the conclusion is inescapable.

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Cyberattacks on COVID-19 Vaccine

It is indisputable that the scientists and researchers behind the latest testing trials of the COVID-19 vaccine are heroes, but as with every story with a hero, there is also a villain.

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Facial Recognition & Law Enforcement

Facial recognition technology isn’t new. In fact, since 2017, most people who use an iPhone have the ability to set up their phones so that it unlocks automatically when it recognizes their faces. The technology itself has been around even longer. So why is the conversation around facial recognition getting so much attention in the media?

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It’s Not About What He Might Say

Much has been written about leaks from John Bolton’s new book where he claims President Trump asked Ukrainian President Zelensky to investigate the Bidens as a condition of releasing aid to Ukraine – the now infamous quid pro quo.

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Deepfakes

If you are on the Internet, it’s likely that you have already encountered a deepfake – whether you were aware of it or not.

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Facebook’s Hidden Likes

Both social scientists and media bigwigs are beginning to explore the influence of social media on human behavior. Starting with the whispers of Instagram’s hidden follower and like-count experimentation, Facebook has now thrown its digital hat into the ring – they, too, are prototyping hidden likes privately.

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Google’s “City-Within-A-City”

Last week, Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. released a statement announcing that they were discontinuing plans to transform an area of Toronto’s waterfront called Quayside into a “high-tech utopia.”

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The Terrorist Threat of Dark Data

Media have largely ignored an incredibly important issue – dark data. Dark data is not, by its nature, as ominous as the title implies. “Dark” or “dusty” data is simply a byproduct of the mass quantities companies collect from users over the web.

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DARK DATA: Control, Alt, Delete – Independent Press Award Winner in Political Thriller

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Douglas J. Wood receives national recognition through the  INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD®! (NEW YORK, NEW YORK) — The INDEPENDENT PRESS […]

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What Does a Chinese Tariff Increase Mean to IP Theft in the U.S.?

One platform of President Trump’s campaign encouraged a shift to self-reliance with goods and services domestically manufactured in America. One […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: OpenAI’s GPT-2 Model

OpenAI, a research organization focused on artificial intelligence, searches for ways to expand and aid online-based programs. Their work with […]

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Coast to Coast AM: Doug discusses his novel Dark Data

Listen to Part I: Listen to Part II: How far is too far in the advancement of artificial intelligence? Tune […]

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Reader’s Favorite Awards: DARK DATA: Control, Alt, Delete

Doug’s 5-star review in a pre-contest critique from the Reader’s Favorite Awards for DARK DATA: Control, Alt, Delete. “Wood…has a […]

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Conspiracy Unlimited Podcast

Douglas Wood discusses his newest novel, DARK DATA: Control, Alt, Delete, that serves as a chilling warning about the dangers […]

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Independent Press Award: 2019 WINNER

Asshole Attorney: Musings, Memories, and Missteps in a 40 Year Career by Douglas J. Wood is a 2019 Winner of […]

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Reader’s Choice Award: Presidential Conclusions

Book Review Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite Presidential Conclusions by Douglas J. Wood is a powerful political thriller with compelling […]

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Publishers Weekly Review: Asshole Attorney

Asshole Attorney: Musings, Memories, and Missteps in a 40 Year Career Wood (Please Be Ad-Vised: A Legal Reference Guide for […]

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NJ Online: Interview for Asshole Attorney

Editor’s Note: This story contains some graphic language.  Gil and Rhoda Wood were an army family who moved from base-to-base every […]

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The BookLife Prize Critics Report: ASSHOLE ATTORNEY is “unique” and “accessible”

The BookLife Prize will announce winners on December 17th, 2018, but their Critics Report for ASSHOLE ATTORNEY has been released! […]

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Kirkus for Asshole Attorney

A lawyer recounts his eventful professional exploits. Wood (Presidential Intentions, 2014) was a peripatetic army brat who grew up in […]

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Midwest Book Review: ASSHOLE ATTORNEY is “Raw, candid, and utterly unforgettable”

The Midwest Book Review praised ASSHOLE ATTORNEY as a “highly recommended” read, calling it “Raw, candid, and utterly unforgettable.” Read […]

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PRESS RELEASE: ASSHOLE ATTORNEY: Musings, Memories, and Missteps in a 40 Year Career

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASSHOLE ATTORNEY Musings, Memories, and Missteps in a 40 Year Career By Douglas J. Wood “Doug, I […]

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Kirkus Reviews: ASSHOLE ATTORNEY is “refreshingly unafraid”

Kirkus Reviews released their review for Douglas J. Wood’s memoir ASSHOLE ATTORNEY: Musings, Memories, and Missteps in a 40 Year […]

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2018 Independent Book Award Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Author receives national recognition through the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD®! New Jersey — The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD recognized PRESIDENTIAL […]

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Readers’ Favorite: Presidential Conclusions is “a powerful political thriller”

Readers’ Favorite gave PRESIDENTIAL CONCLUSIONS a fantastic review, calling it a “powerful political thriller with compelling characters.” Read the entire review […]

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Men Reading Books: “I’m eager to read more of the story.”

Men Reading Books reviewed PRESIDENTIAL INTENTIONS, the first book in Douglas J. Wood’s political trilogy. Read the review here.

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Douglas J. Wood’s interview on WRNJ’s Morning Program

Douglas J. Wood’s interview on WRNJ’s Morning Program in Hackettstown, NJ to discuss his new book, Presidential Conclusions.

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Kritter Ramblings: “I Loved Reading” the Samantha Harrison Trilogy

Kritter’s Ramblings book blog reviewed the Samantha Harrison political trilogy in its entirety. What she says on the…

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The Grumpy Book Reviewer: Presidential Conclusions is…

In a fantastic new review, The Grumpy Book Reviewer says that “Wood knows how to weave a compelling tale. Conclusions is a true…

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(201) MAGAZINE: Presidential Conclusions is “Buzzworthy”

In the June 2017 issue of (202) Magazine, Presidential Conclusions is featured in the “Buzzworthy” section. You can find…

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REPUBLICAN COFFEE: Fantastic Review of Samantha Harrison Trilogy

From REPUBLICAN COFFEE: “The Presidential Series by Douglas J. Wood is a tale of political manipulation, intrigue and survival. It […]

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The Daily Voice: A Republican Female President?

Douglas J. Wood and PRESIDENTIAL CONCLUSIONS are featured in the Wyckoff/Franklin Lakes Daily Voice, a Bergen County online newspaper. Read the article […]

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