Science & Technology

Emerging players challenge leadership of U.S., China in artificial intelligence innovations

March 18, 2018

“While the US and China continue to lead in AI technology, we see considerable strides being made by other countries,” said Jeff Wong, EY Global Chief Innovation Officer. “With high-growth start-up scenes in Israel and Japan and a recognized academic community in the UK, the true factor for success will lie in access to quality data and governments prioritizing innovation.”

Your Neanderthal DNA might actually be doing you some good

March 16, 2018

Most human genomes harbor small fragments of Neanderthal DNA, the legacy of prehistoric hanky-panky between our ancestors and their hominid cousins. For the most part, that inheritance has been detrimental. Research suggests that as much as 10 percent of the human genome was inherited from archaic hominids other than Homo sapiens, but the majority of that material was weeded out by tens of thousands of years of natural selection.

British physicist Stephen Hawking, among world's greatest minds of science, dies at 76

March 14, 2018

Hawking was as famous for his insights on black holes, the existence of God and quantum gravity as he was for his unique way of speaking while living his life in a wheelchair. Operating his trademark computer system with his cheek, Hawking gave the world insights into the unknown and gems of quotations, including, "Life would be tragic if it weren't funny."

What is 5G and why did Trump nix a huge tech deal to boost America's lead in its development?

March 14, 2018

Qualcomm, the Trump administration argues, is needed to boost America's lead in 5G research and development. Should the San Diego chipmaker fall behind, Chinese manufacturers could fill the void in U.S. and global markets. That would be a blow for U.S. innovation, as the mass market could be beholden to foreign hardware. Worse, Beijing could have an advantage in discovering vulnerabilities in the technology that it could turn into so-called backdoors used for spying.

FBI Pays Geek Squad to Snitch

March 14, 2018

It all started in September 2008 at a Kentucky Best Buy repair facility where the Geeks courted the FBI’s Cyber Working Group. The FBI has an interest in computer hacking, both to perform it on others as well as prevent it from happening to them. They also like an easy bust. Thanks to an FBI memo retrieved under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), we know the FBI, once again, went too far and broke the laws they are sworn to protect.

Google's AI is being used by US military drone programme

March 13, 2018

Google’s artificial intelligence technologies are being used by the US military for one of its drone projects, causing controversy both inside and outside the company. Google’s TensorFlow AI systems are being used by the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Project Maven, which was established in July last year to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyse the vast amount of footage shot by US drones.

Trump Blocks Broadcom Takeover Bid for Qualcomm

March 13, 2018

President Donald Trump blocked Singapore chipmaker Broadcom from pursuing a hostile takeover of U.S. rival Qualcomm, ruling the proposed combination would imperil national security. The decision, announced late Monday, abruptly ends Broadcom's four-month, $117 billion bid to buy Qualcomm -- a deal that would have been the largest ever completed in the technology industry.

Here are the real reasons Trump blocked Broadcom's Qualcomm takeover

March 13, 2018

"It is not just China, it is not just chips. It is broad technology. It is U.S. military power and economic power going forward and he's got a very consistent point of view," said Ron Napier, head of Napier Investment Advisors. "Trump has been saying all year long since he was inaugurated that security is very important to him, technology is very important to him, trade is very important to him and getting jobs back to the United States is very important to him. He's making this all into one fabric," he added.

New Nanoparticle Eye Drops Correct Vision Without Surgery or Glasses

March 12, 2018

Anyone without 20/20 vision can tell you about the struggles of wearing corrective lenses: Contacts often leave eyes tired and dry at the end of the day, and finding the perfect frames for your glasses can be a headache. But now nanotechnology could make it possible to correct vision using eye drops, which would eliminate the need for expensive and annoying eyewear.

China has shot far ahead of the US on deep-learning patents

March 09, 2018

China is outdoing the US in some kinds of AI-related intellectual property, according to a report published in mid-February by US business research firm CB Insights. The number of patents with the words “artificial intelligence” and “deep learning” published in China has grown faster than those published in the US, particularly in 2017, the firm found.


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