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Problem-solving for the future: 30 technologies that will save lives in the next 15 years...
A panel of 60 health experts creates a short list of easy-to-use devices and treatments that could dramatically improve global health
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If the AI deems them worth saving.
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My mid-week posting is sure to stir things up.  Yes... Black Lives Matter! But after so many incidents lately, of awful abuse caught on video, is it possible that there's an additional chant that would be even more valuable? And more pragmatic in ending the two-hundred year chain of injustice? What rallying cry would that be?  I go into detail here... but the short of it is: "Give us more tech!"

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/07/black-lives-matter-sure-but-also-demand.html
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+vladislav Ivanov are you trying to convince me or yourself with all that special pleading?

if it's me, don't waste your time.
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The creative benefits of sarcasm. Oh really?
Despite sarcasm’s nasty reputation, new research finds that it can boost creativity and problem-solving in the workplace.
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So you think you've detected sarcasm. Now what?
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Technicians have begun assembling the world's largest radio telescope, with a dish the size of 30 football grounds, deep in the mountains of southwest China's Guizhou Province. Yesterday afternoon, they began to assemble the telescope's reflector, which is 500 meters in diameter, compared to Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, which is 300 meters. "Having a more sensitive telescope, we can receive weaker and more distant radio messages. It will help us to search for intelligent life outside of the galaxy and explore the origins of the universe," Wu Xiangping, director-general of the Chinese Astronomical Society said.

Okay fine. But please read the first few chapters of Liu Cixin’s epic Science Fiction novel (and current Hugo Award nominee) THE THREE BODY PROBLEM. That will teach you caution not to press SEND with any “outgoing messages.” Listening is good.
China has begun assembling the world's largest radio telescope called FAST deep in the mountains of Guizhou Province.
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Whatever we see acoupla light years now are stale history. No way to kniw
what's up there today. This is a waste of time.
If there's technology to know events that occurred in the universe, in the
past; please use it to find murders that haven't been unmasked...in several
unresolved murder cases.
These space searches don't solve no terrestrial problems, u kno'.
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I debated British METI enthusiast Nick Pope on the Canadian Broadcasting System regarding the wisdom of shouting “yoohoo” messages at the cosmos. It was a fun and lively radio show. You can listen here. www.cbc.ca/1.3161754
Russian billionaire Yuri Milner is donating $100 million to the search for alien life. But should we be trying to communicate with aliens? Are we ready for what might be out there?
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+David Brin You're killing me with these posts David. I really enjoy them. Nobody lives forever anyway. Lol. Just busy trying to do my part for Clarion. At least it has got me writng while you have got me reading.
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This weekend's posting is a major one that I've worked on for years -- putting together all my thoughts about fear and expanding our Horizons of Inclusion. Some of it was hinted at, in OTHERNESS.  After including this riff in many speeches and talks, it is now ready for you to scrutinize... Brin's fundamental view of human nature.
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The real world is fascinating. Focus change is needed to make the world of man support Law of Thermodynamics and not transgress System Isolation of the value of Natures hold.
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Cool! A panoramic tour of the International Space Station: Click to zoom and explore...
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An interesting look back at one of the first-ever widely televised debates, and one that transfixed the U.S. with matters of science, as Edward Teller and Linus Pauling confronted each other over war, peace, and atmospheric nuclear testing.
A version of this piece originally appeared in Issues in Science and Technology. On Feb. 20, 1958, in the midst of an escalating number of nuclear weapons tests worldwide—25 in 1955, 55 in 1957, nearly 120 in 1958—two scientists met in San Francisco for a live televised debate over nuclear...
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Terrific journalism and a real life adventure story! Read this riveting tale of goodguy “pirates” against villain pirates as eco-vigilantes tail and pursue the most notorious, Interpol-listed rogue fish poaching ship. “Industrial-scale violators of fishing bans and protected areas are a main reason more than half of the world’s major fishing grounds have been depleted and by some estimates over 90 percent of the ocean’s large fish like marlin, tuna and swordfish have vanished.” Vividly illustrated, this cat and mouse saga has a dramatic conclusion… and a lesson that we need better law at sea.
For 110 days and across two seas and three oceans, crews stalked a fugitive fishing ship considered the world’s most notorious poacher.
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+Kent Goertzen Sorry, I am not being denialist. Try "rigorous" instead. I said I was going to be skeptical, and this did not require even that.  I don't know you. I don't know your history or background. You might be 15 years old, or 50. But if I submitted this to a teacher in Secondary school it would have been rejected.

You posted five links.

One is to a Cato Institute research paper that a reasonable researcher would consider "factual". It is not "first source" as I stipulated, but it contains links to the actual first source data so I will buy that one, and I will actually look at the first sources it cites.

All the rest either contain no data or cite the sole "factual" article you submitted. Those are all basically null data and would not (do not) count in your favor. (See Proof by Assertion)

By Link:

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/drug-policy-profiles/portugal - no data here, just a political history

http://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/greenwald_whitepaper.pdf - some real data, I will look at this one! This is a good research paper and is the only one you submitted that would be accepted by a Secondary school teacher as an acceptable citation on a thesis.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/portugal-drug-decriminalization/ - fluff article, not first source, no data, all citations are  simply re-quotes from the second article above.

http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1893946,00.html - same as the Scientific American article.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/07/05/ten-years-after-decriminalization-drug-abuse-down-by-half-in-portugal/ - same as the Scientific American article above.

Your proof is all from a single study, a single country, a single source basically. You can call me denialist if you wish but I don't fall for logical fallacies that easily. You are making the claim that drug legalization is better for everyone, you have to prove it. (See Burden of Proof) Since the status quo in most of the world is that it is illegal, I bear no burden of proof whatsoever, no matter what you may think. You want to change the law, then prove to me why we should.

"Doesn't matter what links I'd post to someone like you" (See Argumentum ad hominem).
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Following the elevated and philosophical tone of my previous posting - about our variable human HORIZONS of inclusion, worry and hope... this new one may seem a melting pot of political rants!  Still, it all adds up. Some of those "horizons" are close at-hand.
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+David Brin As an eminent representative, would you be rather, say, pleased or displeased, if "cult of the shifting horizons" was to become therefore synonym to science-fiction?
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An interesting rumination how mass-shooters, when they are white, are almost always called “mentally ill.”  Take this passage: “We’ve created a world so topsy-turvy that seeking medical help for depression or anxiety is apparently stronger evidence of violent tendencies than going out and purchasing a weapon whose only purpose is committing acts of violence. We’ve got a narrative going where doing the former is something we’re OK with stigmatizing but not the latter.”  Ultimately, though, the author wanders in a circle, having provoked us to think… without himself actually making a clear point. http://www.salon.com/2015/06/18/its_not_about_mental_illness_the_big_lie_that_always_follows_mass_shootings_by_white_males/  
I do know this.  It is time to try my proposal to rename such mass killers. The Greeks had the class to do this.  Read and follow my reasoning.  It’s time to try this!    http://www.salon.com/1999/08/13/nameless/
Blaming "mental illness" is a cop-out -- and one that lets us avoid talking about race, guns, hatred and terrorism
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+David Huff Neither am I a "pro-gun fanatic" as you painted me. I am not one of those who ill-advisedly go to the grocery store dressed in camo with an AR-15 strapped across my back. My position is a considered one. When you start tossing out phrases like "ammo-sexual" however, you do begin to characterize yourself.

Every death is tragic and many come as a cost because society wants something that implies that cost. What I described is not a false equivalence. There are very fundamental reasons, that many (perhaps you, too) do not agree with for retaining a armed populace. Just as some would say that free speech should be restricted or freedom of movement should be restricted. The reasons are very similar and remain as valid today as they ever were. These are not false equivalences, they have a lot of context provided by history, for being highly equivalent. What, exactly, do you think the preservation of free speech and assembly was for? Do you see those rights being eroded, today? Are you OK with that, too?
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I am not so sure about this… Under the new Chrome feature “Dmail,” email panic or regret can be fixed by clicking the "revoke" button after a message has been sent. When sending a message, users can also decide whether they want the message to self-destruct after one hour, one day, one week or never. This is different from an earlier feature: Google’s "undo send" feature unveiled in June giving Gmail users with email panic or regret up to 30 seconds to take back the offending message. 
 
Should someone be able to send you a hateful email and deny you a record of it?  Weigh in on this.
A new Chrome extension helps users revoke Gmail messages.
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I read an interesting comment on Slashdot yesterday about this. The commenter said they were at a conference back around 2000 where another company was presenting a similar product.

The presenter walked up to the podium and said flat out that this only makes sense if you understand the threat model it covers, which is not preventing a hostile recipient from preserving the email. The threat model was to prevent third parties from reading the email if they intercept it after its expiration, and assumed the sender and recipient were cooperative.

So it was basically channel crypto with the key held in escrow by a third party that would destroy the key after a certain amount of time, and never stored on the sending or receiving machines.

That made the concept make a lot more sense. Anyway, the company got bought and then it and its product died with the dotcom bust.
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Scientist, Author, Futurist, Public speaker: David Brin’s novels have been translated into more than twenty languages, including NY Times Best-sellers that have won Hugo and Nebula awards. His latest, Existence, looks at the threats facing us forty years in the future. His 1989 thriller, Earth, foreshadowed cyber-warfare, the Web, and global warming. A 1998 Kevin Costner film was loosely adapted from the post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman. The Uplift novels, including Startide Rising, and The Uplift War consider a future where humans raise animals to sentient levels. Foundation's Triumph brought a grand finale to Isaac Asimov's famed Foundation Universe. 

Brin is also a scientist and futurist who appears frequently on television ("Life After People," "The Universe," "the Architechs") discussing topics as diverse as surveillance technology, astronomy, SETI, nanotechnology and national defense. His non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- won the 2000 Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association

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