Silicon Valley wants to power the U.S. war machine

 
Over the last decade, Silicon Valley startups have targeted, and engulfed, several large economic sectors, from entertainment to education to finance. Defense is the final frontier. For the last 12 months, Fast Company has explored the way in which a new ecosystem is emerging—from venture capitalists to founders to within the Pentagon itself—to remake America’s national defense: Powered by software, AI, and autonomous systems and operating at the speed we’ve come to expect of tech companies. As U.S. tensions with China continue to rise, this new military-industrial complex is the one to watch. In a remarkable, must-read story—Silicon Valley wants to power the U.S. war machine—senior writer Mark Sullivan presents you with the ideas being put forward to make it a reality and the people behind the push. 
—David Lidsky
 
Silicon Valley wants to power the U.S. war machine

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Social media and kids: How young is too young? 
A new study found that joining social media—specifically, Snapchat and Instagram—before age 11 is significantly linked to more “problematic digital behaviors.” 
Researchers surveyed over 750 middle schoolers in the Northeast United States, and found that those who joined these platforms at or below age 10 had more internet buddies that parents would disapprove of, and visited more social websites that were similarly frowned upon. 
The study, led by faculty at Wellesley Centers for Women, comes as social media giants such as Facebook are under more scrutiny for their effect on the well-being of teenagers.
However, the research also revealed that those who joined social media before age 11 showed greater civic engagement within the online community.
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