Palantir Knows Everything About You

Peter Thiel’s data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens. The scary thing? Palantir is desperate for new customers. High above the Hudson River in downtown Jersey City, a former U.S. Secret Service agent named Peter Cavicchia III ran special ops for JPMorgan Chase & Co. His insider threat group—most large financial institutions have one—used computer …

Austin is piloting blockchain to improve homeless services

While the vagaries of the cryptocurrency markets are keeping crypto traders glued to their CoinDesk graphs, the real potential of blockchain is its capability to solve real human challenges in a decentralized, private, and secure way. Government officials have increasingly investigated how blockchain might solve critical problems, but now one city intends to move forward with an actual implementation. The …

If you jaywalk in China, facial recognition means you’ll walk away with a fine

Residents of Shenzhen don’t dare jaywalk. Since April 2017, this city in China’s Guangdong province has deployed a rather intense technique to deter jaywalking. Anyone who crosses against the light will find their face, name, and part of their government ID number displayed on a large LED screen above the intersection, thanks to facial recognition devices all over the city. …

Blockchain Technologies Poised To Disrupt Stagnant Trial Timelines

According to STAT, the majority of clinical trials results are not reported, and investigators often do not share their study results. In fact, around 90% of trials on ClinicalTrials.gov currently lack results. This creates knowledge gaps for researchers and safety issues for patients. Blockchain technology could be utilized to create a secure tracking system for any data generated from patient-physician interactions. This could …