Science & Technology
U.S. looking at ways to hold Zuckerberg accountable for Facebook's problems
Federal regulators are discussing whether and how to hold Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for the company's history of mismanaging users' private data, two sources familiar with the discussions told NBC News on Thursday. The sources wouldn't elaborate on what measures are specifically under consideration. The Washington Post, which first reported the development, reported that regulators were exploring increased oversight of Zuckerberg's leadership.
Trump says 5G is the future, urging companies to innovate
President Trump is delivering remarks on 5G deployment, as his White House encourages U.S. companies to lead the world in 5G innovation without providing much support or infrastructure for such a rollout. By next year, Mr. Trump claimed, the U.S. should boast more 5G spectrum than any other country. "It's all about 5G now," Mr. Trump said, calling 5G a "big deal."
Google Leftists Panic About Leaks, Threaten Employment of Colleagues
Left-wing employees at Google are threatening the employment of their colleagues amid a panic about frequent leaks revealing political bias in the company’s products and working atmosphere.
FCC announces new tech initiatives
The Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outlined two new initiatives aimed at ensuring U.S. leadership in 5G and continuing efforts to close the digital divide. Pai announced his intent to create the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which he indicated would inject $20.4 billion into high-speed broadband networks in rural American over the next decade.
Want to make America great again? Bring back the space race, says think tank
In the ’50s and ’60s, the US and the Soviet Union were locked in a race to send astronauts into space. The decade ended with a US victory, as it landed the first man on the moon in 1969. But now some want the space race to make a return. This time, the US is confronting another nation it sees as a rival: China, whose huge investment in technological innovation could potentially lead it to surpass the United States.
The US Air Force Needs F-35s, Not the F-15EX
The U.S. Air Force needs more fighter aircraft and it needs them fast. The current fleet is too old and too small to guarantee the air superiority that deters potential adversaries and is essential to win wars. To reverse this dangerous state of affairs, Congress must alter the Pentagon’s proposed 2020 budget by adding F-35As, dropping the plan to buy the F-15EX, and funding the development of a next generation of air-dominance technologies.
What you may not understand about China's AI scene
Jeff Ding, a researcher at the University of Oxford who studies China’s AI development, shared some recent reflections on the most important things he’s learned in the past year. They offer a great snapshot into the current state of the industry
Looking for 5G? Here are the US cities that have it
5G, the next generation of ultra-fast wireless, is now available in the US. But the catch is you'll need to be in the right city with the right device to access it. The technology has been touted as a major breakthrough that will allow for better video streaming and more technical advancements such as connecting self-driving cars.
Space Symposium 2019: NASA administrator calls return to moon a 'proving ground' for Mars mission
America plans to return to the moon within five years -- not as a nostalgic walk down memory lane, but as a “proving ground” for an eventual manned mission to Mars, NASA Administrator James Bridenstine said Tuesday. The U.S. space agency plans to test launch the rocket next year that eventually will return astronauts to the moon. The manned mission will orbit the moon as part of a plan to have a “sustainable” presence on the celestial body by 2028, Bridenstine said at The Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs.
How to put the U.S. back at the helm of AI innovation
Why is it so important that the U.S. lead in AI? It’s a simple question, with a straightforward answer: AI promises major economic and societal benefits that the U.S. would be foolish to forfeit. PWC estimates that AI technologies could increase global GDP by $15.7 trillion by 2030, a 20 percent increase overall. The estimated increase for North America alone is an eye-popping $3.7 trillion; a 14.5 percent increase in GDP.