We have to consider the consequencesIs the U.S. too quick to use military force when conflicts arise? Yes, of course, the U.S. responds too quickly in using military force when conflicts arise. Tragically, the U.S. enters wars without considering the horrendous consequences of such actions; a peaceful solution to the dispute or conflict should always be pursued and accomplished.When U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2005 – 2015), he observed and stated, “Peace is today dangerously in deficit.” A follow-up indicator of this peace shortage clearly shows that violent conflicts in 2018 destroyed the lives and land in nine countries: Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Mexico (drug war), Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria (and Boko Haram), South Sudan and Mali.These wars in 2018 resulted in 123,643 killings, but other smaller conflicts also occurred during that same year and caused the deaths of thousands of people, … [Read more...] about Your Say: Is the U.S. too quick to threaten military action
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Gone are the days where quantum computing exists merely in the dusty drawers and imaginations of eccentric scientists. Today, enormous amounts of corporate and government funding are dedicated to researching and developing functional quantum computing systems.Once developed, quantum computing (QC) will mark a cornerstone in technological evolution. Namely, its existence will make certain computational problems tractable, despite being currently intractable through conventional computing systems.Today, the world relies heavily on intractable encryption to protect everything from digital signatures, private emails and banking information to other forms of personally identifiable information like electronic health records. But technologists and researchers alike argue that the security sector should pivot some of its focus to quantum computers, which present a massive, long-term security predicament. Before elaborating on how, let’s take a step back and ask – what is quantum … [Read more...] about The dangers and promise of security in the quantum era
SINGAPORE — Last week, leaders and officials representing more than three dozen countries from across the world gathered in Beijing for the second Belt and Road summit. The event marks the two-year anniversary since China first convened its flagship initiative to coordinate trillions of dollars of infrastructure across Eurasia and the Indian Ocean in a broad effort to recreate the old Silk Roads. One nation that was missing from the summit: The U.S.Story Continued Below The fashionable position in Washington today is to dismiss the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a power play that won’t last—an attempt at neocolonial debt trap diplomacy, in which China uses unpayable debts to control less powerful states, that is ultimately destined to collapse under the weight of financially spurious projects. On the other hand, there are also those who view BRI as a serious threat—a sign of China’s continued quest for global hegemony and the presence of a new Cold War … [Read more...] about Washington Is Dismissing China’s Belt and Road. That’s a Huge Strategic Mistake.
Huawei, the world's largest telecom equipment maker is on the bleeding edge of many technological innovations, backs well-intended academic work, and is an ever-rising presence in the mobile space thanks to a number of critically acclaimed Android smartphones in recent years. Yet, the amount of negative publicity surrounding the company, and on an almost daily basis is quite remarkable. Surely Huawei is doing many things right? That depends on who you ask and especially when it comes to the topic of security. Huawei has been at odds with the United States government for what's essentially been the entirety of this century, having clashed with Washington over a broad range of issues including spying threats and trade activity. While the tensions between the two varied over the years, leading up to the point that Huawei was even able to launch some smartphones in the U.S., things recently took a turn to where the relationship between the two became more stained than ever before. A … [Read more...] about Is Huawei A National Security Threat To The U.S.?
When Avatara launched in 2010, it looked like a dozen other low-budget games. The world was a cartoonish expanse of pink trees and purple rocks, stirred by the occasional alien sprite. Its edges were covered by too many icons, and its interface was a little too eager to spam your Facebook friends with invitations. But to its designers, Avatara was more than just a game. It was a tiny utopia run by a loving digital god — a god that protected its domain with ruthless devotion, exploiting the vast trust that its users placed in social networks. Avatara’s servers shut down in 2011. The office of its publisher, Summoner Studios, was demolished in 2013. Its developers moved on to other companies and industries — or, in one case, disappeared entirely. But the project’s legacy remains. Long before the Cambridge Analytica scandal, an obscure Facebook game proved that the right information in the wrong place can be more powerful and haunting than anyone imagined. And now, … [Read more...] about The rise and fall of a super-intelligent, self-aware Facebook game