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Space Law Has Some Catching Up To Do


By: Michael McNeil

Humanity is at the doorstep of our next great accomplishment in space exploration—mining space for resources. However, the legality of space mining is anything but clear. With little authority from international law, countries like America, Japan, and Luxembourg, have made national laws declaring space mining a legal practice. American companies like Planetary Resources, SpaceX, and Deep Space Industries, along with companies in Japan and Luxembourg, are moving forward under their respective national laws developing the technologies to make space mining a reality.  Japan recently announced that two of their Minerva II-1 rovers successfully landed on Ryugu, an asteroid in space, and other companies and nations are not far behind.

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Could Blockchain Solve Foodborne Illness Outbreaks?


By Alaura Valley

Foodborne illness outbreaks are seemingly on the rise. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that annually 48 million consumers get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne illnesses. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, foodborne illness kills around 420,000 each year. One contributing factor to foodborne illness outbreaks are the complexity of the supply chain for produce and other perishable food products.

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Photographic Copyright in the Age of Social Media and the Ever-Present Camera


By Silas Alexander

Every day, smartphone users collectively take more than three billion photos, millions (if not billions) of which are selfies, autobiographical captures of the human condition. But while our digital photo album continues to expand, few people understand the rights they may be giving up with the click of the share button.

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AI Ethical Regulations — A Not So Simple Task

By Sean Hyde

Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems emerging today create unintended consequences that raise ethical questions. Unsurprisingly, these ethical concerns have led some to call for ethics regulations in AI development. Regulation of ethics is not unique to AI development, but a mechanism to enforce the standards proposed by various organizations helps in making effective regulations. It is important to note that enforceability is not necessary for regulations to be effective; even nonbinding regulations can make a significant difference if the industry follows them.

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The Complex Role of Public Innovation Capital


By Rob Philbrick

The notion that a state, county, or city should have a limited role in the development of local innovation economies stems from neoclassical economic theory, which advises that competitive markets be left alone so optimal outcomes can occur. I suggest a different notion: public commitment to invest across our local innovation chain is a desirable outcome.

Public investment plays an important role in setting foundations, while private finance is better suited for commercializing the innovative ideas born from these foundations. Neither one acting alone is sufficient. Continue reading “The Complex Role of Public Innovation Capital”