Category Technical Media

Prefer New Work to Tyler Cowen’s View of Our Post-Human Future

A friend sent me a Politico editorial by Tyler Cowen about the way intelligent machinery will further erode the middle class, and otherwise upend the world economy. Some additional searching revealed that this editorial and an interview with the American Enterprise Institute are really instruments for publicizing his 2013 book Average Is Over: Powering America […]

Skyline Church Same-Sex Marriage Debate — Part 4

For the final installment I'll shamelessly connect these remarks with my academic research interests. Perhaps one irony (that should not really seem like an irony to those who have read/listened to the statements from anti-gay activists) of the debate at Skyline was the pro SSM side imploring the congregation to love and accept those who […]

End-to-End iMessages and Mud Puddles

Building off of Matthew Green’s discussion of public key cryptography and Apple’s iCloud service in 2012, Julian Sanchez wrote about doubts that Apple’s iMessage service was really as secure as the DEA claimed (or rather complained). Given Apple’s announcement today about their use of end-to-end encryption throws some of his assumptions into doubt. Matthew Green’s […]

Cyber-libertarian Resistance

It’s unfortunate that it takes Glenn Greenwald’s statements of the obvious for most people to realize the breath of this data collection and its 7-year history. James Clapper denounced the The Guardian's and The Washington Post‘s “reprehensible” disclosures of the NSA’s suctioning of the data streams Americans and foreigners generate every day, though we are […]

Scott’s Prometheus

Warning: So-called plot spoilers lie ahead. Why knowing the ending of novels and movies upsets people or diminishes their enjoyment of the book/movie makes little sense to me—a good novel or movie rewards the time invested in it with far more than a plot. If plot is all you’re after, I’m sure more entertaining ones […]