In the middle of the New Mexico desert lies Spaceport America, a glittering, alien structure advertised as the very first purpose-built commercial spaceport.

It’s home to Virgin Galactic, a space startup that promises to send tourists into orbit as early as next year.

But even if that milestone happens, it will follow years of delays, setbacks, and even tragedy. Local residents in the nearby town of Truth or Consequences were told to expect big things when New Mexico joined the private space economy, but many now wonder if the dream of a space industry will ever materialize. 

Verge Science explores.

In case you were wondering when the worlds of CyberSecurity and AI would collide and create new threats, it’s happening.

AI fuzzing definition AI fuzzing uses machine learning and similar techniques to find vulnerabilities in an application or system. Fuzzing has been around for a while, but it’s been too hard to do and hasn’t gained much traction with enterprises. Adding AI promises to make the tools easier to […]

Here’s a video focusing on the “existential risks” facing humanity and why the 21st century is like no other.

While I think some of this is fear mongering, the video does raise some interesting ethical and policy questions.

Threats from artificial intelligence and biotechnology might wipe out humanity as we know it. The nature and level of such extreme technological risks (ETRs) are difficult to assess because they have received little serious scientific attention. At the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Existential Risk, scientists are exploring these threats and how we can manage them.