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Some items of interest: Singapore: "Changi (airport) will be using facial recognition technology to offer self-service options at check-in, bag drop, immigration and boarding" What happens over the long term? Automated systems like this will seek to partner with companies... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Global Guerrillas
I recently ran into a European counter-terrorism expert who complained that it was getting very difficult to build a fake profile on Facebook. Every time his team tried to set up a fake profile, it was shut down in less... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Global Guerrillas
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The Ukrainian SBU now believes that the destruction of arms depot at Balakliya in March that did a billion dollars in damage was carried out by a small drone armed with a thermite grenade. That's an ROI (Return on Investment)... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Global Guerrillas
Six years ago, I floated a business plan for building a new type of company (an open source venture). An open source venture is structured in a way that makes it possible for millions of worker/owners to collaborate on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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It's a pretty good bet we're going to see a rise in sea levels (we already have). Here's a good report by the Union of Concerned Scientists with some much needed detail on how it will impact us. How it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
I figured out what I'm going to talk about at the Prime Minister's conference in Singapore next month: the automation of terrorism. Here's the outline of what I'm going to discuss (I already have most of the thinking on this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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Mass killings in London, Portland, and Orlando over the last seven days (occurring at an increasing rate). We have categories for each type of attack: London: Homegrown Jihadi terrorist attack. Portland: Hate crime murders. Orlando: Lethal postal rage in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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Here's an indicator that Americans are suffering from deep psychological distress. Americans are killing themselves in record numbers. The method of choice? Overdose. This year, there will be over 50,000 deaths due to overdoses in the US and it's still... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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In Die fröhliche Wissenschaft, Nietzsche proclaimed "God is dead, and we have killed him, you and I!" Even back in the late 1800's, Nietzsche had the genius to see that science was in the process of killing God and with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
"I was only following corporate algorithms" Testimony given at a future war crimes trial (riff on the Nuremberg defense) United Airlines forcibly removed a man from an "overbooked" flight. The incident was captured on video by other passengers and the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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Here's a new drone (warning, acronym creep) called the CICADA, or Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft. It's tiny and weighs only 65 grams. It is meant to be dropped by an aircraft in a swarm (dozens at a time). Once... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
It appears that neo-conservatives are now in control of the Trump White House. The bombing of the Assad regime in Syria announced to the world the US was still in the business of micromanaging global political outcomes through the selective... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
It was a terrorist attack. MSM intentionally downplays all terrorist attacks in the US/EU.
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Jewish Community Center Bomb Threats Last summer I wrote about how hacking the phone system could be used to automate terrorism. That analysis is proving to be spot on. Today, we learned that a 19 year old American-Israeli living in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Thanks Max
Here's some more thinking on how Trump (with Bannon's help) could (~will) use social networking to turn the populist insurgency that got them into the White House into a dynamic (or extremely dangerous, depending on your perspective) political force. A... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Survey is just info gathering. App provides a vote, which generates legitimacy.
Thanks Nils. Exactly on point.
Thanks Zach. Can't be a generic voting app. Has to be built as a platform for this specific purpose.
We live in a world where we can get nearly everything instantly. Instant information. Instant entertainment. Instant communications. Instant transactions. Simply and rightly, we have come to expect our decisions to yield instant results from the systems that serve us.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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The New York Times pointed out yesterday that Trump ran his candidacy like an Internet start-up. His goal was to use Internet technology to disintermediate the established system (parties, media, etc.) of getting a President elected. Bannon even brought into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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Social networking is changing politics, that fact should be clear by now. A simple proof: Trump wouldn't be in the White House without it. But where is political networking taking us? That's the BIG question. I've been doing lots of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Hey, I'd always be willing to help the US through a crisis if asked. However, nobody has asked. John
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The Trump presidency operates very differently (obviously) than those of his post-WW2 predecessors. First off, its goals are completely different: it's dismantling the neoliberal system. A system that earlier administrations built up over decades. Second, and equally as interestingly, it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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What is Trump doing? Trump is rolling back neoliberalism and everything connected to it. To understand what this means, here's a narrative of Trump's insurgency. It explains what he is doing and what he is likely to do. It starts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Global Guerrillas