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What is the capitalist answer to automation?

While we are not currently at total automation, we are inching closer. An Oxford Study from 2013 indicates by 2033 upwards of 45% of our job force could be automated. This automation, causing a ...
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Why does the EU not seem to pursue technological independence?

Why does the European Union not seem to pursue technological independence? While I am just a naïve citizen without deep insight, it seems to me that many technologies that seem critical to both our ...
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Why do Republicans want to break up Facebook?

Republicans are generally against government meddling in business. Yet many Republicans are threatening to break up Facebook after the decision to ban Trump as seen here, here, here, or here. If the ...
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What is the origin of the fears of racism associated with facial recognition technology?

If one pays attention to technology-based news all the big players in facial recognition technology are now refusing to provide this technology to the US government and/or police. When news reports ...
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How can Republicans who favour free markets, consistently express anger when they don't like the outcome of that choice?

I'm over in the UK with quite an interest in US politics, and intrigued at Republican statements about tech and social media being biased against them. My curiosity is piqued because on the other ...
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Do voice assistants such as Alexa commonly have political opinions and do people believe them unthinkingly? [closed]

If we ask Alexa about a subject such as religion, e.g. "Do you believe in God?" we get a neutral reply "People all have their own views on religion." If we ask about party politics,...
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Why did some US institutions not migrate their very old software systems to use somewhat newer ones?

This article shows us that some US institutions rely on very old systems (written decades ago, which is very long in IT time perspective): New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says that the state is looking ...
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Dealing with crime in cryptocurrency based economies

Most cryptocurrencies are anonymous where the origin of coins is not known and transactions are also anonymous (this may not be 100% true but lets assume perfect anonymity). The society prevents ...
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Why is redistricting not an automated process?

What is the reason that redistricting is not automatic? Is it just a legacy of a time when it was impossible? The definition of gerrymandering is: In the process of setting electoral districts, ...
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Is there continued movement towards unification of electric power wall socket/plug standards?

As we all know, when traveling abroad we usually have to use electric power socket adapters, since there are several form factors in use in the world, and most are incompatible with each other (i.e. ...
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How did Turkey manage to create a springboard for its defense industry so fast?

As far as I recall, Turkey was mostly dependent on the USA and Israel for its defense needs until recently. Turkey sought Israeli assistance to modernize its large fleet of F-4 Phantoms and bought ...
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To what extent has the Pegasus spyware been used by Israeli covert services?

The Wikipedia article on the Pegasus spyware, which had been developed in Israel, details a number of governments - such as Bahrain, Morocco, Saudi Arabia as well as a Mexican drug cartel that have ...
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Why did Google ban Myanmar from accessing Google Workspace?

I am a student from Myanmar. Our country had a coup 6 months ago and many countries are imposing sanctions on the military junta for killing and abusing its own people. Google has blocked access to ...
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What are the reasons why Mexico remains so poorly industrialized?

Why is Mexico so poorly industrialized, although it is in close proximity to the technologically advanced and financially expansive United States? Why does US capital prefer to migrate to China and ...
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What are the benefits of a national cryptocurrency?

I have read about the Marshall Islands partnering with the company Algorand to produce their own cryptocurrency that will act as the nation's official currency. Is there any special benefit from ...
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Is there any instance of AI / machine learning provided voting rights for political/administrative decisions?

This article argues that a company has allowed an algorithm to have a weight in the decision process (i.e. to vote): Deep Knowledge Ventures, a firm that focuses on age-related disease drugs and ...
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US Government software and the Freedom of Information Act

Is code written by the United States Government (its employees, or if for some reason we start electing a Code Czar... then elected officials) subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)? ...
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Why is China cracking down on its own tech companies?

Why is China cracking down on its own tech companies? Beijing’s regulatory assault on China’s technology industry has lopped $87bn off the net worth of the sector’s wealthiest tycoons since the start ...
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Why does regulation and legislation on technology take so long to pass?

The presidential campaign of Andrew Yang shined a light on many of what it considered issues on modern practices of technology, data and the internet in today's society. Regarding 'Big Tech', data ...
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Is there a comprehensive report on Russian jamming of GPS?

There are various news stories on Russia's jamming GPS fairly precisely, while leaving GLONASS unaffected; e.g. Since March 23, the U.S. Maritime Administration has issued three alerts for reports of ...
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Why did US impose sanctions on Huawei?

I am reading this article which mentions: But having only just become a major player in 5G standards boards, Huawei is now grappling with U.S. sanctions that have all but crippled its smartphone ...
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Does the WTO address "technology theft" as opposed to trademark and copyright infringement?

Does the WTO address "technology theft" as opposed to trademark and copyright infringement? In all of the text I came across involving intellectual property protection in the WTO about China we talk ...
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What interventions could decrease the price of Bitcoin? [closed]

The high value of some cryptocurrencies, in particular Bitcoin has had the effect of causing a significant increase in the demand for electricity leading to increases of carbon emissions. (See https:/...
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Why does the Thai government have high skill visa requiring a 200 000บ (6600$US) monthly salary?

(My mistake, correct salary is 200 000บ/month Document here (Thai language): https://www.boi.go.th/upload/smart%20visa%20details_Thai_25Jan%202018_51278.pdf) Thailand has a "smart visa" for high-...
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S-400 technology transfer to Turkey

As far as I know, the Turkish proposal to purchase Patriot PAC-3 was refused because Turkey wanted a technology transfer, but the USA didn't want to. Am I correct? If I am correct, then what is going ...
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Did Norway reduce Electric Car Incentives (Policy) because they were so costly?

I wonder whether there is an official statement that some electric car incentives in Norway were stopped, because they were too costly. I came across this document, that states at the very bottom (I ...
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Required gathering of genetic material from citizens?

With services like 23 and Me, it is becoming technically possible to gather and sample genetic material from many people. There are also rumors about police using similar services to help identify ...
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Is there any government that managed to help local (national) content creators by regulating the big streaming giants?

I have recently heard about the Canadian Bill C-10 and read more about it. There seems to be a lot of criticism about it and few arguments in favor of it: Pros "<<The bill is not about ...
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If voting machine fraud is a potential issue in the USA, why are paper ballots never a solution? [duplicate]

I keep hearing about potential cases of voter fraud in American elections, and most of the times I hear about that, vote machine hacking comes up. Voting machines also have the disadvantage of not ...
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Do political systems evolve with economic progress?

Do political systems evolve with economic progress? In a lot of sci-fi movies you don't see government evolve with technology and economy, but in Star Trek, I believe, the political system ended up ...
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State media in democratic countries and open technologies

In democratic countries, one of a given State news media's tasks is to inform citizens about important events in manner which is as adequate and objective as possible. Also important economy and ...
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Are there international rules or mechanisms to prevent the theft of technology across borders?

Korea's tech industries are increasingly becoming the target of technology and intellectual property theft that has been growing in sophistication and harmfulness. The targeted industries include ...
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Would an online voting system using a secure id be more subject to coercion than the current mail in ballot system?

A system which allows each voter to audit his vote in the final result via a unique ID has been suggested. The arguments against seem centered around the secrecy issue and coercion. For example, a ...
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Did US support help companies "leapfrog ahead" during Apollo and how does it compare to modern Chinese state involvement in tech development?

Politico's Britain undergoing ‘mindset change’ toward Beijing, says leading lawmaker says: The U.K. government is undergoing a "mindset change" with regard to Beijing "not least ...
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How can a state (or a union) deter a company from developing technology related to censorship / human rights violation?

Background I have recently heard about a project that was developed by Google (Dragonfly search engine) and eventually shut down. This article provides more information about the main issues of this ...
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What led the UK Government to switch to a decentralised COVID-19 contact-tracing app?

It was reported in late March that the NHS had been developing a contact-tracing app with an Oxford-based team since mid-January, encouraged by the success of a similar app in China. The app, ...
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Why doesn't the U.S. ban or regulate cryptocurrency to stop it being used by other countries to evade U.S. sanctions?

Why doesn't the U.S. outlaw or strictly regulate cryptocurrency to prevent it from being used by other countries to evade U.S. sanctions? Is there a rationale behind this? Is there a concern about the ...
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How might a business overthrow the U.S. government? [closed]

Is there any way that a high-end fortune 500 company with the technological development of Google or Apple could successfully overthrow the U.S. government?
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Do military company have to talk to the U.S. government before they apply for a patent?

Do military company have to talk to the U.S. government before they apply for a patent? Sometimes, it makes more sense to keep a technology secret instead of applying the technology in a patent office....
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How does the U.S. government regulate what American companies do in China?

How does the U.S. government regulate what American companies do in China? China requires U.S. companies to go into a join venture with a Chinese company and thereby transfer some technologies with ...
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What can the U.S. do against the EU subsidizing its tech industry?

The EU drafted a plan for a hundred billion-dollar fund to take on US tech firms, or so the reports say. I was wondering if that plan is against WTO rules as I have heard that state subsidies are ...
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How well has Iran's nanotechnology industry developed and how much is it used for political goals? [closed]

I read that Iran has companies in the nanotechnology industry and has developed some degree of private industry around nanotech. How well has the nanotech industry of Iran developed and how much is it ...
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Do countries other than the US operate "intranets" like the SIPRnet or JWICS? [closed]

...and what are they called? SIPRNet is an intranet system operated by the US government for the passage of information classified as SECRET or lower. JWICS is an intranet system operated by the US ...
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Can North Korea open source its atomic bomb and missile technology? [closed]

Can North Korea open source its atomic bomb and missile technology (put all schematic and methods how build on internet or print books)? This is one way keep its technology by give technology to every ...
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The state's answer to the automation of job [duplicate]

Now we've learned the capitalist's answer to automation, what could be a democratic state's answer to it? automation means, same or more work can be done in less time state is faced with more ...
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Can we have a AI-lead technocratic society and remove voting? [closed]

Is voting needed? Can AI just look at all history and understand the needs of society? Humans do not have a strong record when choosing their leaders. Such as Hitler was voted when he promised ...
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Examples of European political parties/movements that put emphasis on science and technology and why so few? [closed]

The US Transhumanist party is small party that put emphasis on science and technology for fulfilling the aspirations of humanity. Indeed - there are very, very few limits in science. E.g. inertial ...
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Apparently, there is a message behind the suspension of Trump's accounts from Big Tech companies, what is it? [closed]

Today, January 13th, Google has also decided that they don't want the appearance of Donald Trump on their social platform Youtube, for at least seven days. I think that this move is an excess act if ...