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Climate Change Realism

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If we can’t stop climate change, can we adapt to it? Let’s find out.

Analysis and Commentary

Quick Responses to Schneier on Attribution in the Sony Hack

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Monday, January 5, 2015

Bruce Schneier has two typically fine new essays on the Sony hack.  The first (at the argues that “we still don’t know who’s behind” the Sony hack, and the second (at explains why the government should “be much more forthcoming about its evidence” about attribution.

Analysis and Commentary

The Sony Hack: Attribution Problems, and the Connection to Domestic Surveillance

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Friday, December 19, 2014

The FBI said today of the Sony hack:

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The Libertarian Podcast – “The Sony Scandal”

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Is the media wrong to publish the contents of hacked Hollywood e-mails?

In the News

Gary Marcus on the Future of Artificial Intelligence and the Brain

by Russ Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, December 15, 2014

Gary Marcus of New York University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the future of artificial intelligence (AI). While Marcus is concerned about how advances in AI might hurt human flourishing, he argues that truly transformative smart machines are still a long way away and that to date, the exponential improvements in technology have been in hardware, not software. Marcus proposes ways to raise standards in programming to reduce mistakes that would have catastrophic effects if advanced AI does come to fruition. The two also discuss "big data's" emphasis on correlations, and how that leaves much to be desired.

Analysis and Commentary

Lawfare Podcast, Episode #103: Mieke Eoyang on FAA Exclusivity

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Saturday, December 13, 2014

A few weeks ago, Mieke Eoyang wrote and post on Lawfare entitled “A Modest Proposal: FAA Exclusivity for Collection Involving U.S. Technology Companies.” Mieke is a long-time congressional staffer on national security matters, who served a stint on the House Intelligence Committee during the drafting of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) and now runs national security programming at Third Way—a centrist Democratic think thank.

In the News

Sources: FAA May Require Licenses To Fly Commercial Drones

quoting John Villasenorvia NPR
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Drones, drones, drones.

Everybody wants one. Amazon, to deliver packages, Hollywood to shoot movie scenes, agriculture interests to monitor crops.

In the News

Ashton Carter, Presumed Defense Secretary Nominee, Has A Long History With Military Technology

featuring Ash Cartervia Washington Post
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The man President Obama is expected to choose to be the next secretary of defense has a long history at the Pentagon, having served in senior positions there for nearly five years. But one of his specialties is particularly timely: Ashton B. Carter is considered one of the country’s top administrators and students of military technology.

Analysis and Commentary

Charles Davis Is Half Right

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Over at Salon, Charles Davis has an article titled "Amazon's frightening CIA partnership: Capitalism, corporations and our massive new surveillance state." In it, he quotes from, and criticizes, a post I wrote titled "The Amazon Boycott: Blaming a Victim." Davis writes:

In the News

Don't Slam The Brakes On Smart Cars

quoting John Villasenorvia US News
Monday, December 1, 2014

The world is on course to change very rapidly in a short amount of time. From new business models changing how individuals interact with one another to the onset of deliveries-by-drone, technology is altering the way we live our daily lives — and some of the most significant changes have yet to arrive.


Energy Policy Task Force

The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.