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U.S. tech group urges global action against Chinese "mercantilism"

March 16, 2017

A U.S. technology group said in a report on Thursday that China's mercantilist industrial policies were a risk to the global economy and trading system, and called for international pressure on China to force a policy "reset". The report coincided with the release of a separate paper by an influential U.S. business chamber criticizing Beijing's "Made in China 2025" plan, which aims to dramatically increase domestically made products in 10 sectors, from robotics to biopharmaceuticals.

Senators push for broadband study

March 16, 2017

Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are pushing for the federal government to start measuring the impact of broadband on the economy. The two co-chairs of the Senate Broadband Caucus introduced a bill on Wednesday that would require the Bureau of Economic Analysis to study the economic effects of broadband deployment and adoption.

US government to NASA: Get humans to Mars by 2033

March 15, 2017

Congress wants NASA to get to Mars, and they just gave them $19.5 billion to do it. The NASA Authorization Act of 2017 is focused on transforming NASA back into the great scientific organization it was during the Apollo Program. The bill authorizes NASA programs like the Space Station, deep space exploration, and asteroid redirect missions for 2017. Also included in the bill is a mandate for human space travel to Mars in 2033.

China Tries to Reassure Foreign Companies Over Industry Plan

March 15, 2017

China's industry minister on Saturday defended a manufacturing development plan and rejected complaints foreign makers of electric cars and other goods might be pressured to hand over technology or forced out of promising markets. Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology, tried to reassure foreign companies that the "Made in China 2025" industry plan treats all companies equally.

A.I.: The Next U.S.-China Arms Race?

March 15, 2017

Although China could initially only observe the advent of the Information-Technology Revolution in Military Affairs, the People’s Liberation Army might presently have a unique opportunity to take advantage of the military applications of artificial intelligence to transform warfare. When the United States first demonstrated its superiority in network-centric warfare during the first Gulf War, the PLA was forced to confront the full extent of its relative backwardness in information technology.

Intel's 15 Billion Reasons Why an AI Chip Revolution Has Arrived

March 15, 2017

AI isn’t just changing internet services, cars, robotics, and healthcare. It’s changing the computer chip market too. This shift was underlined on Monday when Intel said it would pay $15.3 billion to acquire Mobileye, an Israeli company that makes chips and cameras for cars and trucks, including the self-driving variety.

Preparing for our posthuman future of artificial intelligence

March 14, 2017

What will happen as we enter the era of human augmentation, artificial intelligence and government-by-algorithm? James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention, said: “Coexisting safely and ethically with intelligent machines is the central challenge of the twenty-first century.” A lot of folks are earnestly exploring the topic. “Will scientists soon be able to create supercomputers that can read a newspaper with understanding, or write a news story, or create novels, or even formulate laws?”

Smartphones Outpacing Humans in Literacy

March 14, 2017

Currently, 758 million adults around the world and 32 million Americans are illiterate, according to a new report issued by the project, "2027: Human vs. Machine Literacy." These are individuals who are unable to read "a road sign, a voting form or a medicine label." At the same time, technological advances in artificial intelligence and voice recognition will soon enable more than two billion smartphones to read and write.

China Tech Plan Threat to Foreign Firms

March 13, 2017

A European business group says China is violating its free-trade pledges by pressing foreign makers of electric cars and other goods to hand over technology under an industry development plan that is likely to shrink access to its markets.

IEEE-USA Commends Congress for Passing NASA Bill Facilitating Journey to Mars

March 13, 2017

NASA’s goal to send a manned spacecraft to Mars should get a big boost from the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017. IEEE-USA commends Congress for passing the bipartisan legislation this week.

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