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NATO’s SecGen Jens Stoltenberg today warned the Russians about their violation of Turkish airspace in ongoing Russian air operations over Syria. History teaches us that large wars begin for many complex reasons, and that it was probably not Archduke Ferdinand’s shooting that spawned World War I. But there are now so many global flashpoints that we cannot rule out the notion that a conflict could break out simply based on circumstance.
Links and quotations for October 5, 2015: An artificial brain, changes at the TVA, and the war of the near-monopolies
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is investing in building an artificial brain, prompting ever-relevant ethical debates about “runaway machine intelligence” and the perceived versus actual dangers of AI. That, why the TVA is shifting away from coal, how the silent warring among giant tech firms (“near-monopolies”) changes the economy, and more.
Ars Technica highlights a natural experiment in Switzerland suggesting “immigrants who gain citizenship in their new countries go on to have improved integration into the fabric of that country.” Of course, Switzerland is very different from America. Of course, of course, of course. But maybe the results would be even better here.
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It’s been a couple of months and time now for my sixth “quarterly” spelling/punctuation/grammar rant of the year (see my last five here, here, here, here and here) on what I think is the most common spelling/punctuation/grammar/orthographic mistake in the English language — the misuse of it’s (or its’) for its — illustrated by the […]