Nathan Myhrvold

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Several powerful trends have aligned to profoundly change the way the world works. Technology allows stateless groups to organize, recruit and fund themselves in an unprecedented fashion. That, coupled with the extreme difficulty of finding and punishing a stateless group, means that such groups are positioned to be lead players on the world stage. They may act on their own or as proxies for nation-states that wish to duck responsibility. Either way, stateless groups are a force to be reckoned with.

Meanwhile, a different set of technology trends means that small numbers of people can obtain incredibly lethal power.

Throughout history, the lethality of weapons technology has inexorably increased.…  Seguir leyendo »

After the accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the role of nuclear energy is again at a turning point — the third since the birth of the industry in the 1950s. Views about its future are pulled between the fear of nuclear destruction and the need for energy. Memories of Hiroshima and the Cold War, while fading, can still induce anxiety. The accident at Fukushima also brought the Soviet-era disaster of Chernobyl back to mind.

The primary lesson from Japan’s recent trauma, however, is that a tsunami is dangerous to everything in its path, nuclear plants included.…  Seguir leyendo »