Science & Technology
Virtual Reality Gets Real for State and Local Agencies
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
House spending bill increases NASA planetary science, cuts NOAA weather satellite program
In NASA’s science account, planetary science emerges as a big winner, with the report allocating $2.12 billion, a record level. That amount is $191 million above the White House request and $275 million above what Congress provided in 2017. Some of that additional funding will go to missions to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, thought to have a subsurface ocean of liquid water that could sustain life.
How Self-Driving Cars Work, and When They'll Get Real
The first truly hands-off, self-driving cars will be here within five years. Fully autonomous cars without steering wheels or gas and brake pedals may be 10 years away. That’s the consensus among automakers. By some definitions, several automakers have cars on the road today that meet a limited definition of autonomous driving.