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Elon Musk claims government approval for DC to NY 'Hyperloop'

July 21, 2017

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Thursday that he has received verbal approval from the "government" to build a "Hyperloop" connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Musk said a trip between New York and Washington, D.C., which now takes roughly three hours by train, would last only 29 minutes.

Where Is Tech Taking Us? A Complete Merger of Our Digital, Physical Worlds

July 20, 2017

It’s challenging to track the breathless pace and breadth of all the emerging technology making it increasingly easy and exciting to collect and share information and images about ourselves, each other and the world we experience. But if you are taking note of the rapid growth, you might well wonder: Where are we heading? How will life change?

Virtual Reality Gets Real for State and Local Agencies

July 19, 2017

With recent advancements in VR and a lower price point, interest has surged, says Tuong Nguyen, an immersive technologies research analyst with Gartner. Although the technology has not fully taken off in the government space, he says, early adopters continue to explore VR’s possible benefit to employees, constituents and the bottom line.

NASA Now Says Manned Mars Mission in 2030s Is Unlikely

July 19, 2017

For the last few years, we’ve been able to frame NASA’s research and exploration with the goal of reaching Mars. The agency has been saying it wanted to land a human on the red planet in the 2030s, but now that’s looking less likely. William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration, has noted that NASA simply doesn’t have the money to make a Mars landing happen. The technology to reach Mars isn’t cheap, and no one seems willing to pay for it.

Massive Global Benefit. Waves of Dislocation and Challenge. Time to #AskAboutAI.

July 19, 2017

Image technologies that will reduce drudgery, help to cure disease, make transportation cheaper and safer, and make energy more efficient. Artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies are making all of that possible and more. But a world of benefit will come at a steep price. There will be waves of job loss (different by sector and geography) and growing income inequality. New questions about biology, medicine and economics will vex policymakers.

By 2025, Swarms of Self-Driving Vehicles Will Transport Students to Learning Sites

July 19, 2017

The modern American conception of school–big centralized facilities with start times that seem way too early or way too late-is driven by yellow buses. Districts need to get three or four cycles out of each bus each morning and evening to get utilization rates high enough to keep transportation affordable. The transportation tail is wagging the dog.

Microsoft launches AI for Earth to give $2M in services to environmental projects

July 18, 2017

After helping to launch the Partnership on AI with Google, Facebook and others; and doubling down on AI research, today Microsoft unveiled a new initiative that points to how it plans to target specific verticals in what can potentially be a very nebulous field -- while also raising the public image of AI as some grow concerned about the implications of its encroaching influence.

A 'spectacular' trend is transforming the world's second largest economy, Stephen Roach says

July 18, 2017

China's economy is a lot more resilient than the West thinks, according to one of Wall Street's most distinguished voices on the region. Stephen Roach, who was chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, believes the world's second largest economy is on the cusp of an even bigger growth spurt -- thanks to new technological advances and a booming consumer.

Study: 36 Percent of Technology Workers Underpaid

July 17, 2017

While doctors and lawyers are the country’s highest-paid workers, these professions have extended educational requirements. Engineers and technology workers are the highest-paid professionals who typically have a bachelor’s degree. However, a recent Paysa study reveals that 36% of technology workers are underpaid - and by at least 10%.

Microsoft wants all of rural America to get high-speed broadband

July 17, 2017

Microsoft wants to connect two million rural Americans to high-speed wireless broadband by 2022, and it will get started with 12 pilot projects over the next year. The company is also offering free access to its intellectual property to help the rest of rural America get connected.


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