DOUG'S BLOG

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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