Three nuclear superpowers, not two. (New York Times)

A US National Academies report on laying the foundations for new and advanced nuclear reactors in the United States.

The emergence of emergence in AI large language models.

Military concerns on AI (New York Times).

The US to launch seven new National AI Research Institutes. The White House announcement, includes a public evaluation of AI systems and the development of policy guidance for the use of AI systems by government.

Jarod Lanier: There is no AI (New Yorker).

Better data, better weather predictions, better travel planning (New York Times).

John Deere is looking to satellites to solve its connectivity problems and underpin its software licencing business model for its automated equipment in remote locations (WSJ). Raises question re access, control and ownership of farm and agicultural data.

The importance of higher education to national security and geopolitical competition: ‘Just as it transformed the global economy in the last century, the worldwide explosion in education is set to transform geopolitics in this one.’ (Foreign Affairs)

The University of Southern California has a $US1bn program to expand computing education across the university.

‘Key selection criteria’ as administrative devices: An investigation of academic bureaucratization at Australian universities’, a 2021 paper by Peter Woelert in Science and Public Policy. Particularly damning of such instruments as representing ‘organizationally-entrenched attitudes of either indifference, complacency, or cynicism.’ Redundant and vacuous criteria, bloated constructs and on this measure at least, more bureaucratic than the federal government. The author also mentions in passing how the using electronic documents entrench such processes and attitudes. Does not bode well for innovation or adaptability within Australian universities.

Sponge cities–less pavement, more green spaces (Wired).