Russia being held hostage over Ukraine

The EU is threatening Russia due to Ukraine’s unpaid gas bills.  Meanwhile, the EU is being penalized by Russia with extremely high tariffs, or trade based taxes.  This is another economic sanctions war due to the Civil War in Ukraine.

Svoboda, the Ukrainian rebel group who is currently gaining strength in Parliament in Ukraine, is still pro-Russia, but risks damaging their ties with them due to the current majority in Parliament failing to pay international gas bills.  That is natural gas, not gasoline.  The gasoline lines practically pay for themselves and end up fueling generators in the winter for Ukrainian civilians. 

More to come wit this story.

3D Printing

One of the most noted 3D printers of all time has been sent to jail for creating an untraceable way to make guns independent of the federal government , ie, free of serial numbers.

3D printing is revolutionary, and should be encouraged, not limited.  Solar panels and guns are the most notable innovations promoted, but there is always more that can come from the same technology.   Furniture, computers, Cars, homes… There are very few limits to what this technology is capable of revolutionizing.  To have someone jailed for inventing an ecological way to mass produce weapons is a travesty from the perspective of the people of the world.

From a diplomatic perspective, on the other hand, creating the technology to produce unlimited untraceable weapons is a threat to any and all governments that continue to want to monopolize weapons businesses for the purpose of profit. 

Where is the middle ground? If the governments in question are capable of producing a profit on a national and international scale, they should be catering to their people in a more complete scale. The governments that are demonstrating response to a threat should be utilizing this technology and even the individual idea. What government doesn’t need a cheap way to produce a lighter, cheaper weapon?

3D homes and solar panels are other notable ways the printers that also happen to be slightly more peaceful in theory. Toys, games, computers, learning technologies. Maybe, with a few experiments new forms of insulation, and waste systems.

If anything , 3D printing technology should be replicated in a way that forwards society as a whole.  That is, the society of the whole world.  Not quashed due to the potential threat.  From the weapons to homes to solar panels, 3D art deserves to be shown.


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Japanese 3D-Printed Gun Maker Is Sentenced To Two Years In Jail

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Yoshitomo Imura, an employee at the Shonan Institute of Technology in Japan, was arrested last may for printing and firing a 3D-printed gun called the ZigZag. He printed three guns in total and was arrested for running afoul of Japan’s strict gun laws.

The prosecutors warned that Imura’s actions were a threat and felt he was “flaunting” his skill. They wrote:

“This has shown that anyone can illegally manufacture guns with a 3D printer, flaunting their knowledge and skill, and it is an offense to make our country’s strict gun controls into a dead letter,” stated Presiding Judge Koji Inaba.

Imura claimed he didn’t know about the laws associated with 3D printing guns but, it seems, the Japanese courts have made him an example.

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The Future Of AI Will Be Stacked

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note: Rick Collins is the president for enterprise business at Next IT, creators of the Alme virtual assistant platform. Prior to joining Next IT, he served as director of business development for Microsoft.

We are entering an exciting period for artificial intelligence. We’re seeing more consumer impacting developments and breakthroughs in AI technology than ever before. And as Nova Spivack recently argued, it’s reasonable to expect that major players like Apple, IBM, Google and Microsoft, among others, will lead a fierce consolidation effort for the AI market over the next five years.

Indeed, it has already begun.

No doubt these efforts will produce some amazing innovation, and I’m excited to see how Siri, Google Now, Cortana, Watson, and even new entrants like Viv continue to progress and transform our interactions with technology.

However, I also believe these all-encompassing virtual personal assistant projects (VPA), and the race…

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With $2 Million In Funding, Indicative Ushers In Era Of Low Cost Hosted Analytics

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

After nine months in a secret beta and a public launch in September, Indicative co-founders and serial entrepreneurs Jeremy Levy and Andrew Weinreich have managed to sew up $2 million in financing for their new company tackling the problem of how to provide low-cost analytics easy to use analytics software for web and mobile companies.

There have been over 50 companies launched that are targeting the broad “analytics market in 2014 alone, according to data from CrunchBase, but what Levy and Weinreich say sets their company apart is their ability to integrate data storage and analytics to give any user the ability to query and interpret data in an incredibly easy-to-use manner.

“We built a proprietary data store that allows us to store data very cheaply,” says Levy. “[And] we built proprietary visualization tools which are designed to be incredibly easy to use.”

For the two men, getting answers…

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