Computers, Humans, and Automation: A dangerous mix when corners are cut

Why Nothing Works — Part I

Steve Naidamast Frank Drake, in the development of his famous equation in the early 1960s for the search for extra-terrestrial life, included what is known as the “L” variable. This variable stipulates, in addition to the viability of a civilization’s life-span, the concept that if an earth-like planet is found with no life upon it, this lack…

Columbus Day Parade, a traditional celebration of Italian heritage

Hope You’re Enjoying Indigenous Peoples’ Day Weekend

W.J. Astore In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.  And he discovered a new world.  New to him, of course, and his fellow Europeans, not to the indigenous peoples already living there.  Yes, Columbus gets too much credit for that “discovery.”  Yes, he and his fellow Europeans were incredibly ambitious, often vicious, and not overly…

A golem to smite our enemies; until it becomes our enemy

America’s Global Security State

W.J. Astore “Global reach, global power”: that was one motto of the U.S. Air Force when I was on active duty.  “A global force for good”: that’s the new motto in advertisements for the U.S. Navy.  Note that word: global.  For the ambitions of the U.S. government and military transcend national security: they truly are…