Science & Technology
Welcome to the US-China technology war, which could affect us greatly
The US and China are in a high-stakes arms race for technological supremacy. Technology and innovation will determine who will dominate the modern digital economy, cyber space and defence systems for the 21st century. In an unprecedented decision, President Trump blocked Singapore-based Broadcom's proposed $US117 billion ($152 billion) takeover of chipmaker Qualcomm on national security grounds.
Navy's new attack submarine, the Colorado, enters the fleet
The U.S. Navy’s newest attack submarine, the USS Colorado, joined the fleet Saturday in a ceremony at Connecticut’s Naval Submarine Base. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said the submarine is a “marvel of technology and innovation.” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, said the people of Colorado are remarkably proud that this submarine will silently protect the nation’s interests.
Emerging players challenge leadership of U.S., China in artificial intelligence innovations
“While the US and China continue to lead in AI technology, we see considerable strides being made by other countries,” said Jeff Wong, EY Global Chief Innovation Officer. “With high-growth start-up scenes in Israel and Japan and a recognized academic community in the UK, the true factor for success will lie in access to quality data and governments prioritizing innovation.”
Your Neanderthal DNA might actually be doing you some good
Most human genomes harbor small fragments of Neanderthal DNA, the legacy of prehistoric hanky-panky between our ancestors and their hominid cousins. For the most part, that inheritance has been detrimental. Research suggests that as much as 10 percent of the human genome was inherited from archaic hominids other than Homo sapiens, but the majority of that material was weeded out by tens of thousands of years of natural selection.
British physicist Stephen Hawking, among world's greatest minds of science, dies at 76
Hawking was as famous for his insights on black holes, the existence of God and quantum gravity as he was for his unique way of speaking while living his life in a wheelchair. Operating his trademark computer system with his cheek, Hawking gave the world insights into the unknown and gems of quotations, including, "Life would be tragic if it weren't funny."
What is 5G and why did Trump nix a huge tech deal to boost America's lead in its development?
Qualcomm, the Trump administration argues, is needed to boost America's lead in 5G research and development. Should the San Diego chipmaker fall behind, Chinese manufacturers could fill the void in U.S. and global markets. That would be a blow for U.S. innovation, as the mass market could be beholden to foreign hardware. Worse, Beijing could have an advantage in discovering vulnerabilities in the technology that it could turn into so-called backdoors used for spying.
FBI Pays Geek Squad to Snitch
It all started in September 2008 at a Kentucky Best Buy repair facility where the Geeks courted the FBI’s Cyber Working Group. The FBI has an interest in computer hacking, both to perform it on others as well as prevent it from happening to them. They also like an easy bust. Thanks to an FBI memo retrieved under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), we know the FBI, once again, went too far and broke the laws they are sworn to protect.
Google's AI is being used by US military drone programme
Google’s artificial intelligence technologies are being used by the US military for one of its drone projects, causing controversy both inside and outside the company. Google’s TensorFlow AI systems are being used by the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Project Maven, which was established in July last year to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyse the vast amount of footage shot by US drones.
Trump Blocks Broadcom Takeover Bid for Qualcomm
President Donald Trump blocked Singapore chipmaker Broadcom from pursuing a hostile takeover of U.S. rival Qualcomm, ruling the proposed combination would imperil national security. The decision, announced late Monday, abruptly ends Broadcom's four-month, $117 billion bid to buy Qualcomm -- a deal that would have been the largest ever completed in the technology industry.
Here are the real reasons Trump blocked Broadcom's Qualcomm takeover
"It is not just China, it is not just chips. It is broad technology. It is U.S. military power and economic power going forward and he's got a very consistent point of view," said Ron Napier, head of Napier Investment Advisors. "Trump has been saying all year long since he was inaugurated that security is very important to him, technology is very important to him, trade is very important to him and getting jobs back to the United States is very important to him. He's making this all into one fabric," he added.