By mid-century, there will be 10 Chinese per Russian, with correspondingly sized economies. Russia's true, long-term enemy is China. Putin is too dumb to realize this, so he focuses on the fall of the Soviet Union rather than the loss of Siberia to China.
Here's what's coming: After assuring China's oil supply, Russia will instigate war in the Middle East, to disrupt the supply of oil therefrom. This will raise the price of Russia's oil, and hence its geopolitical influence. It's how dictators think. Count on it.
Will a punishment prize be awarded?
Watson will end IBM's problems because it will put IBM (and others) out of business.
What you subsidize, you get more of, though not economically.
I've noticed authors with competing books will use "reviews" to bad-mouth a book and promote their own book. I've also noticed that when a conservative publishes an excellent book with, say, 35 5-star reviews, there will be a few 1-star reviews that claim the book is terrible, presumably posted by left-wing operatives trying to kill sales of the book.
Why don't a drone self-destruct after descending below a certain altitude, at GPS coordinates other than those of the location where it is suppose to land.
Gary Kildall's CP/M family of operating systems, which bootstrapped the whole PC industry.
This is the pretext for socialist governments to force taxpayers to pay for everyone's Internet connection — broadband, of course. They will need computers, of course, so taxpayers will pay for those. Etc., etc.
Once strong AI apps hit the market, all of you will be out of jobs. Imagine AI-based posters posting on Slashdot, millions of posts per hour. Only other AI would be able to keep up with the threads.
In other words, the Party of Thieves. How admirable.
Intentionally bringing an evolutionary throwback into the world is an act of scientific sadism. Imagine yourself a child unable to fit it, and then learning that you were instantiated merely to satisfy a sociopath's curiosity. Have we returned to the 1930s?
Google repatriating its profits without the Federal Government taxing them away? Heaven forfend! If untaxed, Google's money would just be invested in the American private sector, where it would create jobs. Or it might be lent to the Federal Government. Can't have that. After all, it's better for workers not to find jobs, to depend on the government (i.e., the American taxpayers). And it's better for the Federal Government to borrow capital from China and other countries with America's best interests at heart.
Fine, as far as it goes. But in a few years, strong AI will disintermediate mathematicians. Imagine the equivalent of thousands of journals being published every minute by millions of strong AI-based computers running around the world. What then?