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Why is the U.S. accusing China of stealing intellectual property?

April 08, 2018

Since China first opened its markets, Beijing has been dogged by accusations that it forces U.S. firms to transfer technology to their Chinese business partners in return for access to the country’s 1.4 billion citizens.

Facebook Exposed 87 Million Users to Cambridge Analytica

April 06, 2018

Facebook now says the data firm Cambridge Analytica gained unauthorized access to up to 87 million users' data, mainly in the United States. This figure is far higher than the 50 million users that were previously reported. Facebook's chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer shared this figure at the end of a lengthy--and somewhat unrelated--blog post Wednesday that laid out a slew of changes Facebook is making to restrict access to user data.

Competing in the AI economy: An interview with MIT's Andrew McAfee

April 06, 2018

AI has arrived, but are companies ready for it? According to an MIT scientist, executives are underestimating the speed, scope, and scale of the disruption it will bring.

AI: The Pros, Cons, and What To Really Fear

April 05, 2018

From the moment the word “robot” was first uttered in a Czechoslovakian play nearly 100 years ago, man has feared his creation will someday kill the creator. It’s a narrative that has stuck with us, said Patrick Tucker, Defense One’s Technology Editor, at a recent event in Washington called Genius Machines: The Next Decade of Artificial Intelligence:...

Coffee Drinkers Need Cancer Warning, Judge Rules, Giving Sellers the Jitters

April 05, 2018

Coffee sellers are mulling how to fight a California judge’s ruling that would require the beverage to be branded with cancer warning labels. The National Coffee Association, whose members include Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, said in a statement on Thursday that it was “currently considering all of its options, including potential appeals and further legal actions.”

U.S. Regulator Approves SpaceX Plan for Broadband Satellite Services

April 05, 2018

"This is the first approval of a U.S.-licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies," the Federal Communications Commission said in a statement. The system proposed by privately held SpaceX, as Space Exploration Holdings is known, will use 4,425 satellites, the FCC said.

China's AI ambitions are driving US innovation. So what's America’s hold up?

April 05, 2018

China’s drive to lead the world in artificial intelligence is spurring American efforts keep its technological edge, especially when it comes to national security. A technology wave equivalent to the Industrial Revolution, electrification and mechanization, “intelligentization” has the potential to change the way wars are fought, as well as finance, medicine and transportation...

Congressman blasts National Science Foundation spending

April 04, 2018

The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing last week for the National Science Foundation's proposed 2019 fiscal year budget, and what the agency's leaders heard was a blistering assessment of the agency's spending. Still, committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said, things have improved significantly in the past year, though challenges remain.

NASA Delays James Webb Space Telescope Again to May 2020

April 03, 2018

The James Webb Space Telescope is intended as the successor to Hubble, which is now more than 25 years old. Hubble was last services during one of the final Space Shuttle missions, and there are no plans to make another visit. When it stops working, that will be the end of the mission. The JWST was already supposed to be in space at this point, but it’s a complicated project costing more than $8 billion to date. NASA wants to get it right, and that has led to the latest delay.

China at a Quandary With US Tech Firms Amid Trade Dispute

April 02, 2018

While China and the United States seem to be negotiating in an effort to avert a trade war, Washington is unlikely to relent in its determination to stop advanced technology from leaving America for China. "I think there is a growing consensus in the United States that Chinese firms should be blocked from certain types of acquisitions of U.S. firms, of getting certain types of U.S. technology," said AlexCapri, an international trade scholar at the National University of Singapore.

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