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Technology and Society: The Big Questions
Intended and unintended consequences are part of technological change. Every aspect of our society is affected either positively or negatively by technological advances, and sometimes it's a matter of perspective.
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Bitcoin: The Cyberpunk Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin is touted for its many improvements to traditional currency. It is easy to transfer, requires no central authority to administer, works across political
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Commercial Spaceflight Companies Will Revolutionize Space Science: Scientific American

Commercial Spaceflight Companies Will Revolutionize Space Science: Scientific American | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
Private spaceflights aren't just for well-heeled tourists. The nascent commercial space industry is poised to revolutionize research as well
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The Impending Social Consequences of Augmented Reality

The Impending Social Consequences of Augmented Reality | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
... Reality (AR) is not just a technology. It's a shortcut. Whether we can interact with data through a pair of glasses or contact lenses, the very nature of such technological immediacy will very quickly change human behavior.
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“Open” Socio-Technical Systems « Marc Werfs – The Blog

“Open” Socio-Technical Systems « Marc Werfs – The Blog | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
Questions about the consequences of the use of the new technologies for the organisation's existing customers and whether the changes will drive them away were focused. The introduction of new technologies often fails ...
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Are You Ready for Artificial Vision? The Future Is Yesterday's Tomorrow - Huffington Post

Are You Ready for Artificial Vision? The Future Is Yesterday's Tomorrow - Huffington Post | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
Are You Ready for Artificial Vision? The Future Is Yesterday's Tomorrow
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It also drove home to me how technology's progression will change and challenge society.
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China's military linked to cyber espionage - Washington Free Beacon

China's military linked to cyber espionage - Washington Free Beacon | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
National Post China's military linked to cyber espionage Washington Free Beacon “Our research and observations indicate that the Communist Party of China is tasking the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) to commit systematic cyber espionage and...
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FCC becoming a leader in unintended consequences - FierceBroadbandWireless

FCC becoming a leader in unintended consequences - FierceBroadbandWireless | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
FCC becoming a leader in unintended consequences
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But the FCC's push to expand 5 GHz availability for Wi-Fi use could have the unintended consequence of derailing new connected car technologies designed to prevent accidents.
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Experts: China has hacked most of Washington - Longmont Daily Times-Call

Experts: China has hacked most of Washington - Longmont Daily Times-Call | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
Experts: China has hacked most of Washington
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The rise of pervasive cyber-espionage has followed broader technological shifts: More and more information is gathered and conveyed online.
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What Damage Could Be Caused by a Massive Solar Storm? - Smithsonian (blog)

What Damage Could Be Caused by a Massive Solar Storm? - Smithsonian (blog) | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
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What Damage Could Be Caused by a Massive Solar Storm?
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But we decided to take this opportunity to imagine just how far-reaching the effects of a massive solar flare would be in today's ultra-connected world.
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College 'confession' and 'makeout' pages raise privacy, anonymity issues | Inside Higher Ed

College 'confession' and 'makeout' pages raise privacy, anonymity issues | Inside Higher Ed | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
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Why mapping the human brain matters

Why mapping the human brain matters | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
Entirely new companies may emerge, offering futuristic services such as cosmetic brain surgery or “total recall” or “the eternal sunshine of a spotless mind.”
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The Future of Prediction: Predictive Analytics in 2020 | Experts' Corner | Big Think

The Future of Prediction: Predictive Analytics in 2020 | Experts' Corner | Big Think | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
Today, predictive analytics' all-encompassing scope already reaches the very heart of a functioning society.
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The Veil of Secrecy is Lifting on Drones. Here's What You Need to Know. | Think Tank | Big Think

The Veil of Secrecy is Lifting on Drones. Here's What You Need to Know.  | Think Tank | Big Think | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
After September 11, 2001, Congress gave extraordinary powers to the executive branch to combat terrorism. Is the pendulum finally swinging back?
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The anti-drone hoodie that helps you beat Big Brother's spy in the sky

The anti-drone hoodie that helps you beat Big Brother's spy in the sky | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
Tom Meltzer: Unmanned surveillance drones are a global concern, but designer Adam Harvey has concocted an outlandish solution
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James B. Glattfelder: Who controls the world? | Video on TED.com

James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system -- say, a swarm of birds -- is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the economy works.

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Bijzonder interessant verhaal over hoe globale economische en financële netwerken tot macht leiden. Volgens de studie naar transnationale organisaties en bedrijven (600.000) waaraan Glattfelder meewerkte, zijn er 737 spelers die controle hebben over 80% van de aandeelhouderswaarde.  

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Big Brother, Big Data and The Forked Path Revisited

Big Brother, Big Data and The Forked Path Revisited | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
... to government documents, to novels. It also controlled the newer mediums of radio and film, and, as Orwell imagined, would twist those technologies around backwards to serve as spying machines aimed at everyone.
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James Clapper warns of sequester's impact on spy agencies - Press TV

James Clapper warns of sequester's impact on spy agencies - Press TV | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
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James Clapper warns of sequester's impact on spy agencies
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“Our technical advantage will deteriorate,” he said.
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A Fork in the Road - Huffington Post

A Fork in the Road - Huffington Post | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
A Fork in the Road Huffington Post Investment is needed in energy RD&D (research, development and demonstration) in new technologies such as low-loss smart electric grids, electrical vehicles interacting effectively with the power grid, and energy...
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Justices Signal a Monsanto Edge in Patent Case - New York Times

Justices Signal a Monsanto Edge in Patent Case - New York Times | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
TIME Justices Signal a Monsanto Edge in Patent Case New York Times The justices appeared alert to the consequences of their eventual ruling not only for Monsanto's very lucrative soybean patents but also for modern agriculture generally and for...
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Samsung struggles to block iPhone function for the blind - BBC News

Samsung struggles to block iPhone function for the blind - BBC News | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
Samsung struggles to block iPhone function for the blind BBC News "We continue to believe that Apple has infringed our patented mobile technologies, and we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights."...
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What if...you could design a city? - BBC News

What if...you could design a city? - BBC News | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
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What if...you could design a city?
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We have had some intriguing answers, from those that think the smart cities of the future will rely on technology to those who want to put people centre-stage.
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The U.S. Is Building Massive DNA Databases: Scientific American

The U.S. Is Building Massive DNA Databases: Scientific American | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
Cops can collect DNA when making an arrest, sometimes before charging a person with a crime. This practice poses a threat to the civil liberties of innocent people
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Your Brain is Being Augmented, You Just Don't Realize It | Endless Innovation | Big Think

Your Brain is Being Augmented, You Just Don't Realize It | Endless Innovation | Big Think | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
The breakthrough innovation development of the year so far is the White House’s upcoming plan to map the entire human brain.
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Stateline - States Seek Legal Limits on Law Enforcement Use of Drones

Stateline - States Seek Legal Limits on Law Enforcement Use of Drones | Technology and Society: The Big Questions | Scoop.it
Lawmakers in nearly half the states are working to set legal limits on the use of drones, before they become a key part of domestic policing.
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