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Adam Pasick

Adam was formerly managing editor of nymag.com. Before that spent 10 years with Reuters in New York, London, and—in a career move that will haunt him for all eternity—the virtual world of Second Life. He is based in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Hackers Have Been Using the Starbucks App to Steal Money From Latte Drinkers

May 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Any time you link an app to your bank account or credit card, you better use a good password. That seems to be the takeaway from a recent spate of thefts suffered by people using the Starbucks app, which lets you pay for coffee using your smartphone. As reported by...

These Robots Are Stranded Inside a Nuclear Disaster

April 21, 2015 Four years after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. is still at work trying to clean up the scene. This month TEPCO sent two specially-designed shape-shifting robots into the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear reactor to assess the damage. The first of the unnamed...

Two Shape-Shifting Robots Now Stranded for Eternity Inside Fukushima’s Radioactive Ruins

April 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Four years after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. is still at work trying to clean up the scene. This month TEPCO sent two specially-designed shape-shifting robots into the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear reactor to assess the damage. The first of the unnamed...

China’s Sketchy App Stores Now Serve up iPhone Malware

November 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A US security company has raised the alarm about a new breed of malware that has infiltrated hundreds of thousands of Apple devices, including Macs and iPhones. But unless you’re downloading pirated software from Chinese app stores, you probably don’t have anything to worry about. The “Wirelurker” malware was flagged...

Elon Musk Says Robots Could Be More Dangerous Than Nukes

August 4, 2014 Elon Musk, the Tesla and Space-X founder who is occasionally compared to comic book hero Tony Stark, is worried about a new villain that could threaten humanity—specifically the potential creation of an artificial intelligence that is radically smarter than humans, with catastrophic results: Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need...

Here Are Some of the Terrifying Possibilities That Have Elon Musk Worried About Artificial Intelligence

August 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Elon Musk, the Tesla and Space-X founder who is occasionally compared to comic book hero Tony Stark, is worried about a new villain that could threaten humanity—specifically the potential creation of an artificial intelligence that is radically smarter than humans, with catastrophic results: Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need...

How China's Enormous Fishing Fleet Is Being Used As a Surrogate Navy

July 28, 2014 China has a lot of fishermen—with 695,555 vessels, its commercial fishing fleet is more than double the size (pdf, pg. 36) of the next biggest, from Japan. That’s primarily because China eats a lot of fish per capita, and catches more fish than any other country in the world by...

Softbank’s Humanoid Robot Will Be Great for Tending to Japan’s Elderly

June 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Japanese telecoms firm Softbank has unveiled a humanoid robot named “Pepper,” promising that it will be able to read and express emotions, and eventually serve as a medical worker, party companion, or even a babysitter. Softbank is pricing Pepper as a consumer electronics must-have at 198,000 yen ($1,900) when...

The U.S. Tried to Use Social Media to Overthrow the Cuban Regime

April 3, 2014 The Associated Press has a bombshell: The US Agency for International Development (USAID), which is responsible for administering American foreign aid and development funds, spent years covertly establishing an SMS-only social network in Cuba, in the hopes that it might develop into a “Cuban Twitter” that would undermine the island’s...

China’s Ambassador to the US Thinks “House of Cards” Is a Reality Show

March 13, 2014 The second season of House of Cards has plenty to offer its fans in China’s leadership—including, according to the country’s ambassador to Washington, some prime lessons about the graft and fraud that pervades the US political system. “I have seen both seasons of House of Cards, which I think embodies...