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Facebook has mapped populations in 23 countries as it explores satellites to expand internet

September 04, 2017

The company has created a data map of the human population by combining government census numbers with information it's obtained from space satellites, according to Janna Lewis, Facebook's head of strategic innovation partnerships and sourcing. A Facebook representative later told CNBC that this map currently covers 23 countries, up from 20 countries mentioned in this blog post from February 2016.

FDA Approves First Gene Therapy in U.S.

August 31, 2017

The FDA said Wednesday it approved Novartis AG's Kymriah for certain children and young adults who suffer from a form of leukemia. "We're entering a new frontier in medical innovation with the ability to reprogram a patient's own cells to attack a deadly cancer," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.

Stocks With Over $700 Bn Cash on Hands

August 31, 2017

In the second quarter of 2017, twenty-four of the largest American companies are holding on to a whopping $1.01 trillion in cash reserves, up 1.63% from the first quarter, according to analysis of second quarter earnings reports by Bank of America. The biggest amount of money is created and kept by technology firms like Alphabet, Apple or Microsoft.

Will Hyperloop's promises of a super-fast train materialize?

August 30, 2017

The experimental form of transportation called hyperloop may sound like a Jetson-like way to jettison across the U.S. in the time it takes to watch “Game of Thrones,” but tests this weekend further prove the technology is far from science fiction.

What to Do if Your Kid Becomes Addicted to Tech

August 30, 2017

Technology addiction is an emerging problem that we don't know much about yet. But every day, more kids are getting hooked on technology. While there are many benefits to technology--it can be used for educational purposes and can teach new skills--there are also drawbacks, especially when kids overuse technology.

These four key areas of Trump's tech policy are top of mind for Silicon Valley CEOs

August 29, 2017

The technology sector has been on edge, waiting to see if the new administration will make the reforms needed to spur innovation and startup activity, or whether it will make policy changes that end up stifling it. There are a few key areas of tech policy that are top of mind for tech CEOs and other industry participants, including four key issues: Expanding tech talent, intellectual property protection, AI and automation, and net neutrality.

China targets US$900bil in technology consumption by 2020

August 29, 2017

China said it will encourage more consumption of information technology-related products and services to help promote innovation and support economic growth.

Saving our jobs from technology

August 29, 2017

In many areas, technology can help us get work done faster and more easily. It also gives us access at the tap of a portable screen, allows us to diagnose problems and even provides us with amazing access to the news we crave seeing. The most frustrating problem with technology, though, is that it actually replaces the easier opportunities for individuals to make money.

How to design a custom robot in minutes without being a roboticist

August 28, 2017

CSAIL director Daniela Rus, a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, hopes people will be able to use the system to incorporate robots that can help with everyday tasks, and that similar systems with rapid printing technologies will enable large-scale customization and production of robots.

'Terminator' Robots: The U.S. Military's Ultimate Weapon or Ultimate Nightmare?

August 28, 2017

Artificial intelligence experts shook up the tech world this month when they called for the United Nations to regulate and even consider banning autonomous weapons. Attention quickly gravitated to the biggest celebrity in the group, Elon Musk, who set the Internet ablaze when he tweeted: “If you're not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea.”

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