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Small Drones in the USA

“This is not a video game” says one of the Air Force people interviewed in this documentary on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). In 2015 the airspace in the USA will be open for roaming by UAVs run by the average person to the militarized police forces in the country.

These small UAVs discussed in the documentary are possible thanks to a whole bunch of disparate technologies greatly improving. Think smartphones meets AI meets improved energy efficiency.

I wonder when we’ll see augmented reality games that use cheap drones.

The Armageddon Letters

This month 50 years ago the world almost ended because of the Cuban missile crisis. The near-death experience for the entire human species was already been captured on film in the film Thirteen Days which was good for drama but was short on historical accuracy. The Armageddon Letters is centred around historical accuracy and it delivers it in a powerful way.

The website is a series of interactive and passive content that allows one to fully engage with the history of the crisis. It goes into great detail about the people and the decisions they made by providing films, books, graphic novels, podcasts, and even fictional blogs to flesh out what happened over those thirteen days. Jim Blight from the Basillie School believes that the Cuban missile crisis can teach us more than we previously thought about how close the world came to destruction because of a few men.

An iBook which accompanies the series from Brown University is also available on the App Store.

Found listening to the CBC’s Sunday Edition.

SOPA is Back in the USA, Now Named CISPA

Most people have probably heard about it, but I feel that it’s worth mentioning here. The American government is back at censoring the internet and removing domestic freedoms from Americans. First it was SOPA and now it’s CISPA.

CISPA Infographic by Lumin ConsultingInfographic designed by Lumin Consulting

Working in the USA may Require a Boat

Blueseed is a company that is looking to help foreign workers work in the USA. The American immigration system is broken and people who do want to work in the USA simply can’t essentially because of a backwards perspective on immigration.

Blueseed is looking to get around this by providing a boat offshore in international waters close to Silicon Valley that will ferry workers back and forth to meet clients on land. Sadly, it’s not as crazy as it sounds.

This is not the first such attempt to work around America’s broken immigration system. Many high-tech companies have established oversees R&D units to gain access to foreign talent. The Oscar winning director Peter Jackson moved his entire film production infrastructure to Wellington, New Zealand in part because of his ease in attracting global talent. Several years ago, Microsoft established a major innovation center outside Vancouver to act as a portal for global scientific and technical talent, a move which my Martin Prosperity Institute colleagues Kathrine Richardson, Kevin Stolarick and I studied in depth in a 2009 paper.

Read about the floating city at the Atlantic Cities.

That all being said, I know many people who would like to work in the USA for American companies but can’t stand the politics in the country. By politics this includes immigration laws, lack of health care, little to no vacation time, etc.

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