Starlight will be building and introducing a new feature on the information it sources from news and other text based documents. We will be deploying this feature for natural disaster prevention operations with an initial sector use in wildfires. We will start with reputation based veracity confirmation of text documents in the news domain, but quickly scale up efforts to begin what will become cross-modal geospatial data confirmation of a distributed platform.

How does it work?

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WritersBloc: Prototyping our services to bring better education to everyone.

We have a small internal service for education called WritersBloc which allows teams to program one or more personalized-information bots to search Twitter on their behalf to collect educational documents and articles on behalf of the team. Each bot has programming to explore three topics to search and gather news articles and documents that have been shared and commented on by a well-regarded member of that subject matter domain, which we call Emblems. Today, each Emblem is given a simple reputation score based on our evaluation of their skills in the subject matter domain, and each Article is also given a veracity score on the basis of our perceived truthfulness of the content of the article. …


Preparing for the post-AI work of the world.

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I make the moves up as I go — And that’s what they don’t know, mm, mm.

My friend Thomas Fletcher and I tried to enjoy Big Bang Theory one afternoon in his Pasadena apartment. He was two years out of Caltech with a law degree and a fiancée and offer at a prodigious D.C. law firm. I was waiting for my gap year to end between my two years watching Goldman Sachs and waiting for my graduate career at Cornell University to begin. He was nostalgic for his years of intense Chemistry and the uncomfortable discover that out in the rest of the world nobody knew or particularly cared about smart people.

With me watching from the heights of Goldman Sachs overlooking the world, I had better understood my lot, as defined as how the powerful seemed to see me before I arrived or spoke, as protecting the rich and powerful from making mistakes, which they did anyway. A man named Barack Obama was still a few years away from a national spotlight, giving us the confidence that intelligent men and women still had a place in this thing called the American Dream. …


We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

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Far. We’ve been traveling far; Without a home, But not without a star. Free. Only want to be free; We huddle close, Hang on to a dream.

Taylor Swift has gotten me through a lot of hard times. I remember the early days of my life in California, when my relationships from back home in New York City had fallen apart, and driving windows-down through the western Redwood forests, rain drenching the wildfire prone regions, listening to her Shake It Off as I handled the curves. The smell of fresh, wet redwood mixing with open California landscapes still feels like personal romantic freedom.

When Taylor Swift sings she feels intimate and personal to me, as though she is singing as the quintessential cultural American womanness I have always known and loved. But romantic visions of her iconography aside, what she sings about is universality and not precisely herself. To the best of my ability she reminds me of what haters would say about Bruce Springsteen: oh, he’s not really like that in person. But Taylor Swift seems to be, although many of us hear her production. …


The greatest insight of western law is that the rights of the individual supersede the rights of the State.

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The greatest insight of western law is that the rights of the individual supersede the rights of the State.

The greatest insight of western law is that the oppression of the individual must be fractionated down to the individual, so sovereignty of the individual means the individual has the intrinsic meaning. This meaning transcends the rights of the State, leading to the consequences: innocent until proven guilty.

Intersectionality is a branch of modern sociology that transcends former well systematized theories of Normativity, most notably in psychology. These theories break apart the engine of western thinking that a singular structure ought rule all of social behaviorism. …


The Wickedness of Guns, Alcohol, Gambling, and Ads

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No, not a Greek Week hazing: Doc Brown could not hold his liquor. That’s the whole joke on his masculinity.

Eastwood. Clint Eastwood. The moment is a morality tale on not needing to defend his masculinity with tough guy machismo and violence. Marty McFly and Doc Brown are time-travelers on a hurry to get back to their own futures. Full of resolve and bravado the scientist-genius is cheered on by the barroom patrons for one last shot of whiskey: “To the future!” Doc Brown passes out.

I went looking up American and international rates of alcoholism to write this article and I rarely have been so floored. …


“Mr. Clinton… Mrs. Clinton, tear down this Wall!”

Dear Mr. Clinton,

It begins with hope.

The woman sitting next to me on the SEPTA train to my parents’ home on this Thanksgiving Day is teaching Chinese children English using her smartphone.

Is this not the hope you enjoyed when declaring NAFTA and the ARPANET would usher in a new Internet Economy of services for American livelihood?

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Shiprock

Now we stand on the precipice of three great new challenges: a transforming supply chain, a wildly unknown and unprepared community for the rapid advance of artificial intelligence, and a climate change that needs full attention of the world to stand a will-o’-the-wisp chance of equity. …


Children need books, learning, delight, and a little magic

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“The truth is often what we make of it; you heard what you wanted to hear.”

Here is why you struggle with weight problems and sugar addiction: Anti-inflationary policies of the early 1990s helped the United States to organize new responsibilities for the global supply chain with a collapsed Soviet Union.

The United States took the opportunity to welcome a v1.5 Rising China into the international world order by shifting manufacturing abroad to China in exchange for a closed-loop monetary policy that kept U.S. consumable goods prices lower than the stagnant wages kept pocketbooks barren. These changes necessitated women (wives, actually) into the workforce to balance multiple geographic forces: latchkey kids, after-school specials, fears of disintegrating marriages? Check. Check. Check. …


The Secret Programs Helping Keep You Safe

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Lashana Lynch and Brie Larson may want to do more than build a rocket.

When Captain Marvel switches sides she represents a breaking free of the burdens an old coalition of national identity, whom now have gone rogue.

When Brie Larson releases a trek through the Grand Tetons, recorded in secret and held for release, she may or may not know her publication is coordinated to bring attention to the national park at a time in which commercial appeal and potential national security co-align. She may or may not know that Grand Teton was central to a secret covert plan to execute national contact tracing in opposition to the ongoing strategy of Google and Apple. She may or may not know that the staunchly anti-Obama Republican Senators obstructing Covid-19 relief positioned the events of Grant Teton to demonstrate and profit from what might be called a commercial model of national security. …


The Anti-Kissinger Election

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She’s electric: meditation in my direction.

There are mornings my mind wakes me up early and I deny this. I will lay in bed tossing and turning until some other part of me has deigned this the right time, often defined as some measure of social acceptability. I feared for a long time that I was already unusual enough in this world: I didn’t need one other thing and wandering around in the darkness didn’t seem to be helping either.

I have this unyielding desire to fall in genuine, authentic, requited love with Brie Larson. I have no idea where this particular desire came from, and why, and it came drawn from some set of experiences I may have forgotten or ignored had I no mind to keepsake or remember, and so fondly drawn from the heart. …

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Starlight. Making better satellite analytics possible.

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