Science & Technology

Was Amazon's headquarters search 'a giant ruse'?

November 14, 2018

As Amazon dangled the prospect of 50,000 jobs and economic transformation, virtually every major city in the country jockeyed to win an economic development race for the ages. But cities such as Chicago, Denver, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Miami and Los Angeles were ultimately left empty-handed. Did those cities get played? Did they ever have a legitimate shot at winning this race?

Fun, Safe, and Educational: Smart Home Technology is Kid-Friendly

November 13, 2018

Zion Market Research predicts that the smart home technology industry will be worth $53.45 billion by 2022. Security, lighting, entertainment, and climate control are four features of smart home technology that are particularly growing in popularity. But smart homes aren’t just for adults. Kids can be kept safe and can benefit in many ways from living in a smart home and engaging with smart home technology.

After midterm power shift, White House officials say tech transformation will go on

November 13, 2018

In the wake of Tuesday’s power-shifting midterm elections, the White House plans to stay the course in tech policy and may even work with Democrats on beefing up the nation’s broadband infrastructure, a trio of Trump administration officials said today. “We’re on the biggest IT transformation of all time,” said Chris Liddell, a former Microsoft executive who currently serves as White House deputy chief of staff for policy coordination.

Macron and tech giants launch 'Paris call' to fix internet ills

November 13, 2018

France and U.S. technology giants including Microsoft on Monday urged world governments and companies to sign up to a new initiative to regulate the internet and fight threats such as cyber attacks, online censorship and hate speech.

Amazon announces HQ2 cities, splitting second headquarters as extraordinary contest concludes

November 13, 2018

Amazon to invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters, and announces Nashville as new Operations Center of Excellence with more than 5,000 jobs. Amazon will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington.

Dems to ramp up oversight of Trump tech regulators

November 12, 2018

In addition to beefing up oversight of regulators they believe have been too lax on the tech and telecom industry, Democrats are also making it a top priority to craft internet privacy rules. There has been increasing bipartisan support for a national privacy law in recent months following a string of massive data scandals and breaches at major companies.

What the 2018 midterms mean for NASA and planetary science

November 11, 2018

The Democratic party will assume majority control of the House of Representatives next January. As a result, the management of all committees in the House will belong to Democrats, who can pursue issues and topics of their choosing. Republicans, consigned to the minority for the first time in 8 years, will have little influence over committee leadership. While this will be most significant for committees pursuing executive branch oversight and investigations, it will change the focus of the House Science Committee, which writes NASA Authorization bills, and had released a draft bill earlier this year.

China's Xinhua agency unveils AI news presenter

November 11, 2018

No jobs are safe from automation -- not even reading the news on TV. China’s state media agency Xinhua just revealed the first “AI anchor” that can talk, move, and act like a real human news anchor. It also revealed an English version of its new AI anchor.

The House Science Committee May Soon Become... Pro-Science

November 09, 2018

Ranking member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) issued a statement after the election results Tuesday night stating that, if elected chairwoman, she wants to restore the credibility of the science committee “as a place where science is respected and recognized as a crucial input to good policymaking.” Johnson said that includes acknowledging that climate change is real, “seeking to understand what climate science is telling us, and working to understand the ways we can mitigate it.”

Congressional elections may shake up federal science, innovation policy

November 09, 2018

Tuesday’s elections resulted in a Democratic majority in the House, but the changes for the next Congress go far beyond this outcome. Flipping party control means new chairs for every committee in the House; many Senate Republicans in leadership positions are reaching their party’s term limits, yielding new committee seniority; and, retirements and incumbent losses yield further changes.

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