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Team Trump in trouble

Trump's tax returns will become public if the Supreme Court follows precedent. The high court must decide whether to grant the president's new petition for review. If it does, that won't necessarily bode well for Trump.

If the Supreme Court follows precedent, Trump’s tax returns will become public

It’s a weird one... on the one hand, the long history of state vs federal reach and powers is a struggle that shaped the constitution by the framers. And on the other hand US presidents have also traditionally voluntarily disclosed their tax returns...

Sitting president aside, this is one to watch

It’s a weird one... on the one hand, the long history of state vs federal reach and powers is a struggle that shaped the constitution by the framers. And on the other hand US presidents have also traditionally voluntarily disclosed their tax returns...

Sitting president aside, this is one to watch: it’s far reaching in the implications towards the ever expanding executive powers...

Yesterday Trump filed a petition to the US Supreme Court seeking to block a subpoena that will force his accountants to turn over his financials. The prior cases on related matters didn't turn out well for presidents Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton. But Trump is making much of the distinctions here and

Yesterday Trump filed a petition to the US Supreme Court seeking to block a subpoena that will force his accountants to turn over his financials. The prior cases on related matters didn't turn out well for presidents Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton. But Trump is making much of the distinctions here and hoping the justices will agree that this case, arising from a state grand jury investigation, is unconstitutional.

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Building a sustainable future

Flooding is difficult to predict and prepare for. A hydrologist in the UK wants the government to be more aware of the risks of building homes and businesses in floodplains—or at least improve design standards. There have been devastating floods in the north of England this week.

Why flooding is so difficult to predict and prepare for

Flooding is a tragic reality for many parts of the UK today – and flooding will also become more common and more extreme with climate change. The Met Office believes that intense rainfall associated with flash flooding could become almost 5 x more frequent by the end of the century.

In the UK, greater

Flooding is a tragic reality for many parts of the UK today – and flooding will also become more common and more extreme with climate change. The Met Office believes that intense rainfall associated with flash flooding could become almost 5 x more frequent by the end of the century.

In the UK, greater investment needs to be made in developing more innovative water management systems and new, more radical, forms of flood defence. There are some fascinating infrastructure innovations in this area, particularly from Asia, which is home to some of the world’s wettest countries.

In Tokyo, a massive “underground cathedral” is part of the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel – a system of dams, levees and tunnels defending Tokyo. In extreme flood cases, the system takes in water from the 5 rivers crossing Tokyo, holds it temporarily, and then discharges it into the largest river when it’s safe to do so. The pumps in this system can push 200 tons of water per second (which equates to emptying a 25m swimming pool in 2-3 seconds)

Another example is the work led by Professor Kongjian Yu, developing the concept of “sponge cities” – a city designed (or retrofitted) to passively absorb, clean and use flood water. There are now hundreds of sites around the globe that use sponge city concepts, including permeable pavements, wetlands, and rain gardens all with the aim of absorbing excessive rainfall through soil infiltration and/or retaining it in underground tunnels and storage tanks until flooding recedes or it can be safely channelled.

It will be interesting to see whether the UK looks to greenlighting more ambitious approaches to flood management over time. Projects of this scale will of course come with a significant price tag.

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He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

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  • Fascinating article. “Increasingly believable AI-powered bots will be able to effectively compete with real humans for legislator and regulator attention because it will be too difficult to tell the difference. Building upon previous iterations, where public discourse is manipulated, it may soon be possible

    Fascinating article. “Increasingly believable AI-powered bots will be able to effectively compete with real humans for legislator and regulator attention because it will be too difficult to tell the difference. Building upon previous iterations, where public discourse is manipulated, it may soon be possible to directly jam congressional switchboards with heartfelt, believable algorithmically-generated pleas.” We saw a small sampling of this in the thousands of fake comments lobbying the FCC against net neutrality, using real people’s identities.

  • This scares the daylights out of me. I think Ovadya is spot on with this future prediction. Selfishly while this may seem to be good for the company I work for, in reality the impact on society is unimaginable!

  • Nope. Nope nope. Sci-fi writers have been playing out the scenarios of created reality for as long as the genre has existed. If you think it is a problem, build something. But don’t sit in academia and “war game” out what might happen; that is a sure way to create a world in which you have no influence

    Nope. Nope nope. Sci-fi writers have been playing out the scenarios of created reality for as long as the genre has existed. If you think it is a problem, build something. But don’t sit in academia and “war game” out what might happen; that is a sure way to create a world in which you have no influence. If you are going to sit in academia, do actual science about how this works...so that you can build something. But navel gazing won’t miraculously change the course of this particular river. And let’s not forget that nobody ever got grant money by saying everything is fine.

  • Computational propaganda will expand the ways in which people can be deceived by information, images and videos that appear real but aren’t. That will make it harder to distinguish truth from fiction and increase the likelihood that people will believe that which they want to believe and disbelieve that

    Computational propaganda will expand the ways in which people can be deceived by information, images and videos that appear real but aren’t. That will make it harder to distinguish truth from fiction and increase the likelihood that people will believe that which they want to believe and disbelieve that which doesn’t fit their assumptions.

  • Fantastic job of laying out why we should be terrified. Now can they please do an article on what is being done with the same level of granularity by anyone to specifically combat the tech. Don’t just say there is “hope,” please explain. Otherwise, we are just doomed?

  • I have to admit that I was a little perplexed when the term "fake news" came into being. Fake news has always been here. It used to be called disinformation and before that it was called lying. It is something that societies have been dealing with since the dawn of man. I suppose the difference now is

    I have to admit that I was a little perplexed when the term "fake news" came into being. Fake news has always been here. It used to be called disinformation and before that it was called lying. It is something that societies have been dealing with since the dawn of man. I suppose the difference now is that people don't know where to turn for veracity and they have no way to punish bad actors as the ownership of media has become global and opaque. Democracies are weak when it comes to fending off information threats because the basis of democracy is free speech. During the Cold War I was very worried that this would be the Achilles' heel of democracy. But it turns out that the very weakness of democracy is its greatest strength. Society will figure out solutions to these problems, some technological, some legislated, and some will come purely from our innate ability to adapt and overcome. It does not make it any less worrying but I am hopeful.

  • It is scary to think that a smart hacker can create any false reality and propagate it around the world in minutes.

  • This is bad news. Really bad. It’s impossible to escape the conclusion that we’ve lost control of the conversation. Devin Nunes launches his own fake news site. Russian trolls hand Trump the election. It is truly dystopian

  • We have found the Nouriel Roubini if information. Which worries me because these guys brands require them to be increasingly alarmist.

  • How’d the Tower of Babel story end?

  • Reality apathy, distortion of facts, increasing inability to distinguish what has been manipulated and what has not, people differing on basic facts...Indeed, these are some scary sh*t, but I am hopeful for our future.

  • This is indeed terrifying.

  • The subhead of this story asks: “What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" Um, it's called religion. (And I say that respectfully.)

  • “We are so screwed it's beyond what most of us can imagine.”