Category Archives : Information Filtering – Fact Checking

Artificial Intelligence – Part One

Tweet In a previous post, I stated that this we would begin looking at artificial intelligence or AI. It was my belief that writing a bit (or byte) about AI would be easy, after all the term is used everywhere in advertising, it tells me what I like to watch on Netflix, and it is essential […]

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Ethics, Technology and Time – Last Part

Tweet In the late 1980s, my group at LANL held a distance learning conference and engaged some of the distinguished attendees in a discussion of “distance medicine.” While it was totally imaginary, at least at that time, the response was very, very clear. In a remote community, an individual was studying medicine in pursuit of […]

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Ethics, Technology and Time – Part Three

Tweet We take money for granted, not making or earning money but the physical item itself. Money represents an IOU from the issuing party. We have to go to the issuer and receive something of value in exchange for the physical stuff we call money. It is, in essence, a tangible substance we can carry […]

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Ethics, Technology and Time – Part Two

Tweet People have been studying and debating ethics for a long time, at least relative to our perception of humanity. During this time period there has been a acceleration of the growth of technology. On September 8, 1966, the first Star Trek episode aired. In the Star Trek episodes a device called a communicator was […]

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Ethics, Technology and Time – Part One

Tweet Ethics involves the concepts of right and wrong. When considering the future of humanity, human beings collectively, we make an implicit assumption that humanity is good and that it should continue forever. This further implies that we should be concerned about our descendants a hundred million years from now even though human beings as […]

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Machine Translation

Tweet This post was written by Sonyia Williams, Los Alamos World Futures Institute Intern.                 Mechanical translators have many benefits, as shown in the previous column, but they are not flawless systems of translation. In a society of perpetually evolving technology, converting solely to mechanical translators seems like the logical thing to do, but the […]

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Vulnerabilities Stemming from Electronic Communication

Tweet This post was written by Sonyia Williams, Los Alamos World Institute Intern                 Throughout this series of articles, we have explored the new efficiency of translation through the use of mechanical translators and how they have changed the world of translation. We also analyzed the growing use of electronic communication. Electronic communication has allowed […]

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Identity Theft

Tweet This post was written by Sonyia Williams, Los Alamos World Institute Intern                 Unauthorized access to information is one problem that arises with the expansion of electronic communication, but what other vulnerabilities arise from this modern form of information transfer? As well as hacking and other methods of obtaining information impermissibly, identity theft allows […]

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Statistics (and Probability) – Part One

Tweet In exploring the future of humanity and the world we must rely on the collection and analysis of statistical date and apply the inferences drawn to decision making, selecting what road we will take both collectively and individually. In the previous series of columns about risks, rewards and responsibilities, we started with probability and […]

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Statistics (and Probability) – Part Ten

Tweet In the previous posts we explored different areas where statistics are used for scientific purposes, management purposes. operational decisions and intellectual purposes. For example, measuring the cross sections of a Uranium atom (a statistical measurement) allows for the design of a nuclear reactor. But how do you measure what people want both individually and collectively? […]

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