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Top intelligence officials fear US behind in quantum computing, cyber

June 26, 2018

The universities and research institutions in the United States focusing on quantum computing are “sub-par,” a top National Security Agency official said June 21. The complaint is among a laundry list of examples, topped by cybersecurity, where American innovation in the intelligence field is struggling, said George Barnes, deputy director at the NSA.

Regardless of their jobs, scientists and engineers increase employers' productivity

June 25, 2018

The conclusion from the working paper, The Effects of Scientists and Engineers on Productivity and Earnings at the Establishment Where They Work, by Erling Barth, James C. Davis, Richard B. Freeman, and Andrew J. Wang, is pretty clear for manufacturers and policy advocates for improving U.S. manufacturing: firms should hire as many scientists and engineers as possible.

US stepping up Earth's protection from asteroids, comets

June 25, 2018

The National Science and Technology Council released a report Wednesday calling for improved asteroid detection, tracking and deflection. NASA is participating, along with federal emergency, military, White House and other officials. For now, scientists know of no asteroids or comets heading our way. But one could sneak up on us, and that's why the government wants a better plan.

FTC plans to reexamine how it polices tech companies

June 24, 2018

The new head of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants to review how the consumer protection and antitrust agency polices companies like major tech platforms, promising “vigorous enforcement” of Silicon Valley. Joseph Simons, who was sworn in as FTC chairman last month, on Wednesday announced that he would convene a series of public hearings later this year to examine whether changes in the economy prompted by the rise of tech giants might necessitate changes in how regulators carry out enforcement.

China and the US are racing to develop AI weapons

June 21, 2018

When Google’s AlphaGo defeated the Chinese grandmaster at a game of Go in 2017, China was confronted with its own “Sputnik moment”: a prompt to up its game on the development of artifical intelligence (AI). Sure enough, Beijing is pursuing launch a national-level AI innovation agenda for “civil-military fusion”. It’s part of China’s ambitious quest to become a “science and technology superpower” - but also a new front in an increasingly worrisome arms race.

Apple is the big tech firm most at risk from a US-China trade war

June 21, 2018

"Apple is most exposed," Neil Campling, co-head of global thematic group at Mirabaud Securities, told CNBC by phone Tuesday. Drilling into the numbers you can see why. In its last fiscal year, Apple generated nearly 20 percent of its revenues from Greater China, which equated to $44.7 billion. In 2017, it shipped over 41 million iPhones into China and was the fifth-largest player in the market, according to data from IDC. On top of that, it has around 40 stores in China.

Peter Navarro: China Underestimated Trump's Resolve to Win the Battle for Our High-Tech Future

June 21, 2018

“In the technology space, China has this thing called China 2025. It’s basically a blueprint to take over and dominate the emerging technology industries of the future - things like artificial intelligence, robotics, high-tech shipping, aerospace,” he explained. “The president has said, correctly, these are the industries of the future. If we don’t have them, America doesn’t have a future,” he warned. Navarro outlined four tactics China uses to dominate these industries.

What Trump's Space Force Announcement Means

June 20, 2018

Donald Trump said Monday that he had directed the Pentagon to establish a Space Force, describing it as a sixth branch of the U.S. military. It would be the first time the Pentagon has stood up a new service since the Air Force received its independence after World War II.

White House says China's 'economic aggression' is a global threat

June 20, 2018

China "has experienced rapid economic growth to become the world's second largest economy while modernizing its industrial base and moving up the global value chain. However, much of this growth has been achieved in significant part through aggressive acts, policies, and practices that fall outside of global norms and rules (collectively, 'economic aggression')," the White House report said in its opening.

There's no better example of Trump's trade fight with China than Lockheed Martin's crown jewel

June 20, 2018

As the world's largest economies threaten tit-for-tat tariffs, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro tore into Chinese trade practices aimed at stealing American companies' intellectual property. U.S. officials have long complained that intellectual property theft has cost the economy billions of dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs.

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