Russia has launched several so-called "inspector satellites" that could potentially be weaponized.
- U.S. intelligence recorded a Russian rocket deploying a mysterious object during a recent mission.
- It's possibly an inspector satellite, a spacecraft designed to repair, monitor and, potentially, destroy other satellites.
- Weaponized satellites would likely be used in the early stages of a large-scale conflict, U.S. intelligence reports.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. will withdraw from the 1987 agreement unless Russia falls back into compliance.
- The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was an agreement between the Soviet Union and the U.S. to ban mid-ranged, nuclear-tipped missiles.
- Both Russia and the U.S. have accused each other of violating the pact in recent years.
- As it stands, Russia has 60 days to return to terms agreed upon in the deal or the U.S. will withdraw from the pact.
America treats the world like a board game. That's a problem.
- Make no mistake, says Jeffrey Sachs, America is an empire. The end of World War I and the Treaty of Versailles put the United States on a trajectory to exercise political control over foreign governments and topple world leaders on a whim, which, Sachs reminds us, is quite crazy.
- "Remember when President Obama said Assad must go in Syria?" says Sachs. "I scratched my head and said: How can an American president say that the Syrian president must go?"
- When America gets topple-happy, the result is catastrophe — just look at Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran. Overreach of power by the United States destabilizes global politics, threatens U.S. national security, and sets a ticking time bomb for violence and civil war. This kind of foreign policy is doomed to fail.
The $480 million contract could lead the company to make more than 100,000 augmented reality headsets for the military.
- Microsoft is set to make prototypes of AR headsets that will feature capabilities including night vision, thermal sensing and instruments that measure vital signs.
- The military already uses AR in some applications, but it's yet to implement the relatively new technology on a large scale.
- It's unclear whether Microsoft employees will protest the recently announced contract.
These seven presidents had a window into the future—or were really good guessers.
- Presidential candidates run on platforms of change and are elected by those who desire their vision of the future.
- We look at seven times presidents' writings that have been oddly, if accidentally, prophetic.
- Of course, there may be some hindsight bias in our selections.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.