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President Barack Obama had a fair amount to say about the implications of the "new cyber age" for the future of democracy.
In the wake of a campaign marred by hacking, President Barack Obama says America's digital architecture will have to be fine-tuned to preserve democracy.
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Too bad the new age doesn't require adults in government.
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Boeing practices the "Art of the Deal" by getting spaceship seats from the Russians and offering them to NASA. Plus an update on Air Force One!
NASA is considering a convoluted arrangement to reserve five more seats on Russian Soyuz capsules heading to and from the International Space Station, with
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One more sign that Amazon is thinking about self-driving delivery trucks:
A newly issued patent suggests that Amazon is putting a lot of thought into how to manage the comings and goings of self-driving delivery trucks.
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We've been talking about the implications of automation for the future of democracy ... and today Microsoft's CEO was talking about it, too.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella acknowledges that the rapid rise of artificial intelligence and automation will pose "pressing challenges" for democracies.
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Acknowledging is a first step. But being responsible would be saying something like "we'd expect all firms that take advantage of automation would end up paying a greater percentage of their profits on an automation levy to pay for likely requirement for governments to fund a universal basic income.
If something like that doesn't happen, corporations will end up mega profitable, and more and more people unemployed and unable to survive.
With a ubi at least people could still contribute to society, as volunteers for example, or study new skills, and be able to afford to post the rent and eat in the meantime.
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Godspeed, Gene Cernan: His death leaves just six members of the human race who can say they've walked on a world beyond Earth:
Gene Cernan, the last human to leave footprints on the moon, passed away today – but his family says his dying wish remains to be fulfilled.
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After months of investigation and resolution, it's showtime for SpaceX's return to flight. Tune in!
SpaceX is counting down to its first launch and booster landing attempt in five months – aimed at putting 10 Iridium telecommunication sateliites in orbit.
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The latest climate findings hint at a bad-news, good-news situation for us folks in the Pacific Northwest.
Climate researchers saythat 2016 was the hottest year on record, globally speaking, and that Seattle could become a rare bright spot for mild weather.
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Findings from UW researchers have implications for the tale of life's origins on Earth ... and perhaps on distant planets as well.
Researchers say multicellular life could have arisen in Earth's oceans more than 2 billion years ago, only to fall victim to a drop in oxygen levels.
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Amazon's funky Treasure Truck shows up in patent filings ... and may soon show up in a city near you.
If you're thinking about building a knockoff of Amazon's Treasure Truck, consider yourself warned: The design is now patented.
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Ironically, Neopalpa donaldtrumpi is a moth species with tiny wings that easily crosses the U.S.-Mexico border.
Donald Trump isn't even sworn in as president yet, but he already has a species named after him: a micro-moth with a bushy head of yellowish-white scales.
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This "flying car" looks like the illegitimate child of a snowmobile and a helicopter. But something like it could be flying over Oregon this year.
Airbus Group says it's on track to test its prototype self-piloted flying car by the end of the year, and those tests may well take place in Oregon.
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Every time I see these "flying cars" I always wonder how many decibels each one produces.
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Spectacular launch and landing for SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, with rocket-cam coverage all the way to touchdown. Check it out!
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off for the first time in five months to put 10 satellites in orbit - and as a bonus, the first stage lands itself at sea.
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Aerospace and Science Editor at GeekWire, with a Cosmic Blog on the side. Author of "The Case for Pluto" (2009). Always had a soft spot for the little guy.
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  • Columbia University
    Journalism, 1976 - 1977
  • Loras College
    English/Writing/Philosophy, 1972 - 1976
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    Aerospace and Science Editor, 2015 - present
  • NBC News Digital
    Science editor, 1996 - 2015
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