More Storms May Be Inevitable If We Don’t Meet The Goals Of the Paris Accord

One degree might not seem like much. But a single degree of global temperature increase will make a big difference in the likelihood of extreme weather, according to a new study from Stanford University.

The study operates off of the fact that current commitments made by individual countries in the United Nations’ Paris Agreement will not keep global temperatures from rising more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels, as the agreement aspires to. If countries keep to their pledges, temperatures are expected to rise 2 to 3 degrees. The study’s researchers modeled this potential future using computer simulations of historical climate observations, as well as of global atmospheric and ocean circulation, which drive weather systems. 

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They were surprised at how much of a difference an extra degree of warming made in those simulations. Maintaining current emissions levels made the probability of record-breaking warm nights rise five times over about 50 percent of Europe and 25 percent of East Asia. Two to three degrees of warming would also increase record-breaking wet days over more than 35 percent of North America, Europe and East Asia, as well as lead to more hot days overall.

“The really big increases in record-setting event probability are reduced if the world achieves the aspirational targets rather than the actual commitments,” said lead author Noah Diffenbaugh, the Kara J Foundation Professor of Earth System Science at Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, in a press release. “At the same time, even if those aspirational targets are reached, we still will be living in a climate that has substantially greater probability of unprecedented events than the one we’re in now.”

The World Economic forum recently stated that extreme weather was one of the biggest risks for humanity in 2018. Given that this problem is already threatening populations worldwide, one can only imagine how bad it could become if countries do not act soon.

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Qualcomm’s insane new LTE modem is twice as fast as typical fiber – meet Snapdragon X24

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X24 LTE modem is the fastest, most advanced 4G chip on the planet. Or, at least, Qualcomm hopes it will be by the time it’s in your next smartphone.

Based on a 7nm fabrication process (yes, seven nanometers), the X24 LTE modem is the world’s first Category 20 LTE modem and supports an absolutely bonkers 2Gbps max download speed by aggregating up to seven carrier bands. It also uses advanced massive MIMO and Licensed Assisted Access tech to help achieve these figures.

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Meet the Long-Shot 2020 Presidential Candidate Who Might Make UBI a Reality

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Andrew Yang is a former tech executive from New York with his sights set on the White House. While Yang may be a bit of a long-shot as a presidential candidate, his unique platform certainly sets him apart. That platform? Automation and the devastating effects that advancing technology could have on our jobs and our lives.

So, what does a man who’s focused on the potential of a robot apocalypse want to initiate for America? Yang’s full platform is still developing, but he is pushing for what he calls a “Freedom Dividend.” This would be a form of universal basic income (UBI) that would provide a monthly stipend of $ 1,000 for all Americans between the ages of 18 and 64.

Yang thinks that this could be an effective buffer for automation-linked job loss. He is especially concerned with job loss as it pertains to self-driving vehicles. “All you need is self-driving cars to destabilize society,” he told the New York Times“We’re going to have a million truck drivers out of work who are 94 percent male, with an average level of education of high school or one year of college.”

Robot-Focused Presidential Candidate

Andrew Yang is not the only tech-focused candidate pushing the envelope. Zoltan Istvan, the leader of the Transhumanist party, was a 2016 presidential candidate and is now a California gubernatorial candidate who thinks that we should put science, health, and technology at the forefront of politics. His ultimate goal (or, rather, hope) is to allow humans to live forever. 

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However, Yang’s platform is quite different from Istvan’s. While he is science and tech-focused, Yang is more fixated on building infrastructure to support a society whose advanced technology makes a great percentage of human jobs obsolete. This reality that Yang is planning for sounds futuristic, but it’s already begun, with cashier-less stores, driverless trucks, and much more already integrating into our lives.

Some are concerned that Yang’s ideas involving basic income as a solution for job loss are too liberal to be embraced by conservatives. But Yang, a proud supporter of capitalism, believes that basic income is a necessity if capitalism is to continue in our advancing world. He thinks that this business-driven model could appeal to the left as well as the right, and ease us into the future.

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Meet the company trying to break the taser monopoly

Last month, Digital Ally, a Kansas-based company known for its police body and dashboard cameras, announced that it had secured a patent for a new conducted electrical weapon. This marked the first time in more than a decade that a serious player in the police business showed interest in building a newer and better taser.

Ever since 2003, when one of the two companies making tasers bought out the other, there has effectively been a taser monopoly. If you’ve ever seen a police officer carrying a taser, that taser was almost certainly manufactured by the publicly traded company formerly known as Taser International, now named Axon Enterprise, Inc.

Axon’s version of the taser isn’t perfect. It uses copper wires to transmit an electrical…

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