Science and Technology

Going Darker? The Challenge of Dark Net Terrorism

When most people think of the Dark Net, they think of crime, fraud, illegal online activities and terrorism. But what really is the Dark Net? Why is it appealing to internet-savvy terrorists? How can we counter this new age of terrorism? Perhaps most crucially, is the Dark Net all Dark?

Earth Challenge 2020, a Citizen Science Initiative

WASHINGTON DC – April 20, 2018 – In anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, Earth Day Network, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the U.S. Department of State, through the Eco-Capitals Forum, announce Earth Challenge 2020, a Citizen Science Initiative. This initiative is in collaboration with Connect4Climate -- World Bank Group, Conservation X Labs, Hult Prize, National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Reset, SciStarter, UN Environment and others to be announced.

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos

Nearly a half-century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of billionaire entrepreneurs are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. They founded some of the biggest brands in the world – Amazon, Microsoft, Virgin, Tesla, PayPal – and upended industry after industry… but now, they are pursuing the biggest disruption of all: space.

Nowhere to Hide: Artificial Intelligence and Privacy in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

At its core, artificial intelligence (AI) optimizes data. Machine-learning algorithms, one component of AI, are trained using massive datasets curated by humans to predict various aspects of our daily lives. Such predictive intelligence could be a positive force amplified by continued decentralization of the technology. Or, ubiquitous cognition and surveillance could be a disruptive force amplified by the unregulated proliferation of AI technologies.

Games Round Up: Women of STEM

Screenshot from Portal 2 (c) Valve Corporation

Cutting through the Noise: Engaging the Public in Arctic Science

To have an informed public eager to engage in discourse around Arctic science, it is vital to not only make scientific findings widely available, but relevant. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Science and Technology Innovation Program, Serious Games Initiative, and Polar Initiative are proud to partner to host a panel on the public communication of environmental sciences in Alaska.

Bringing the Universe Down to Earth: In Memory of Stephen Hawking

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. – Stephen Hawking

Dr. Stephen William Hawking was a titan in the scientific community, a pathfinder who changed the very way we understand space and time.