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Staff members of Hanson Robotics control their company's flagship robot Sophia, a lifelike robot powered by artificial intelligence in Hong Kong. September 28, 2017 (Kin Cheung/Associated Press).

Kin Cheung/Associated Press

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

The Machines Ate My Homework

| Feb. 12, 2018

Are we living through the re-mystification of the world?

Much that goes on around us is baffling these days. Financial market movements, for example, seem increasingly mysterious. Why, after close to a decade of sustained recovery from the nadir of early 2009, did global stock markets sell off so sharply this month?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion at Cortex Innovation Community technology hub in St. Louis. November 9, 2017 (Jeff Roberson/Associated Press, File). Keywords: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, Cortex Innovation Community

Jeff Roberson/Associated Press, File

Analysis & Opinions - TIME

Why Mark Zuckerberg Can’t Be Trusted to Regulate Facebook

| Feb. 01, 2018

Facebook is weathering a storm: The dominant global player in social networks has witnessed increasingly worrisome revelations about its role in the 2016 U.S. elections, raising concerns about the company’s power. This has coincided with a revival of interest in antitrust policies on the left and a growing suspicion of Facebook’s liberal politics on the right. Meanwhile, a growing body of research points to the psychological harm caused, especially to young people, by the addictive qualities of Facebook’s mobile app. All of this has made Facebook the least loved of the biggest American technology companies — and led founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to pledge to “fix” Facebook. And who better to do that, he says, than Facebook itself?

Analysis & Opinions - The Cipher Brief

The Making of a Cyber Diplomat

| Aug. 23, 2017

Cyber diplomacy thus far has been a careful balance of promoting both the U.S.’s interests and values in cyberspace. Obvious as it may sound, we think that the next step for the Trump Administration should be to consider and then explain the interests and values it wants to pursue. Although anything is possible, they may well come out similar to past Republican and Democrat administrations. But now is the time to turn ambiguity into clarity and to ensure we continue to channel our considerable diplomatic heft towards the pursuit of core interests and values.

Marina Kaljurand

AP

Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

Controlling Cyber Conflict

| Aug. 08, 2017

"While cyber and nuclear technologies are vastly different, the process by which society learns to cope with a highly disruptive technology shows instructive similarities. It took states about two decades to reach the first cooperative agreements in the nuclear era. If one dates the cyber-security problem not from the beginning of the Internet in the 1970s, but from the late 1990s, when burgeoning participation made the Internet the substrate for economic and military interdependence (and thus increased our vulnerability), cooperation is now at about the two-decade mark."