Google is diving into the anti-aging drug markets by teaming with R&D firm AbbVie and deals with big pharma in the offing. This is one of the inevitable tacks that the big search firm is taking with Dr Ray Kurzweil at its technology helm. Kurzweil (q.v.), a proselytizer of the Singularity, is a longtime advocate of human longevity, and has been going through some serious pill taking to assure that he survives until he can merge with the smart machines. (more here)
The Wales NATO summit may have eked out something productive, but just barely. To stop Putin from applying Hitler’s Sudetenland paradigm to Russia’s neighbors, NATO has promised to set up a brigade sized rapid deployment force in central Europe. This brigade could then be quickly moved to anywhere from the Baltics to Poland’s eastern boundary to counter the Russian bear’s new program of expansion. (But the Baltics and Poland have a long memory of British/French guarantees from 1939 as they were overrun by Stalin and Hitler. When they called London and Paris for help, the response was, ‘We were just kidding.’)
What was highlighted again at the meeting is the EU’s timidity and the sorry state of its militaries. Participation in NATO calls for its members to spend at least 2% of GDP on defense. Only four members qualify – US, GB, Estonia, and Greece. If Germany, France, Italy, or Spain had to send troops to an eastern front, they would have to hitchhike.
And no one really wanted any part of our president’s new coalition of the willing to stop ISIS in the middle east. That for the simple reason that our NATO allies no longer trust US leadership without which no projection of force is possible. In the meanwhile Russia and radical Islam continue their ‘outreach’.