How big a deal is the revelation of widespread National Security Agency data mining operations directed at our European allies, or the NSA listening in on the cell phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel?
Mobile, connected, supplied, and independent. Can robotics and automation supply these for aging Baby Boomers, and are they Google's self-driving cars, Apple's iPhones, Amazon's home delivery, and yet-to-emerge assistive elder-care robots? Maybe tech companies' business models are mostly about ... old people.
In recent years, consumed by the war against al Qaeda, we have addressed secrecy and accountability in a homegrown way — concerned with information the American executive branch has kept to itself, what was shared with the Congress (though a transcript is often not made at the instance of both parties), and who should take the blame for things that go wrong.
Wednesday’s State of the State address by Gov. Jerry Brown was what we’ve come to expect from California’s chief executive: lucid, learned … and short on details about how the state can kick-start economic growth.