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Top 10 cities for tech jobs beyond Silicon Valley

June 03, 2018

While Silicon Valley stills hold the title as a tech mecca with the highest numbers of tech postings in the U.S., other cities are starting to gain some ground. According to a new report from career website Ladders, even though San Francisco has once again topped its list of best cities for tech-related opportunities (with 6,727 active postings), it’s losing some luster.

The US is limiting visas for Chinese international students majoring in tech

June 01, 2018

The Trump administration plans to shorten the length of validity for some visas issued to Chinese citizens, the State Department said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump works to counter alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property by Beijing.

False Positives: Self-Driving Cars and the Agony of Knowing What Matters

May 31, 2018

Now, fresh details from Uber’s fatal self-driving car crash in March underscore not just the difficulty of this problem, but its centrality. According to a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board last week, Uber’s system detected pedestrian Elaine Herzberg six seconds before striking and killing her. It identified her as an unknown object, then a vehicle, then finally a bicycle.

23andMe Is Suing Ancestry Over Some Pretty Ancient IP

May 31, 2018

Heredity is so hot right now. In 2017, the number of people who who’ve had their DNA analyzed for the purposes of tracing their genealogy doubled to more than 15 million. The largest of these direct-to-consumer companies, Utah-based Ancestry, tested two million people in the last four months of 2017 alone.

There's Nothing Noble about Science's Nobel Prize Gender Gap

May 31, 2018

What causes the STEM pipeline to leak female minds so egregiously?Perhaps it’s the drain of potential female role models who deserve to win the Nobel Prize, but fail to receive science’s ultimate accolade. Children yearn for role models. In music and movies, sports and politics, heroines (and heroes) can catalyze early interests and spark lifelong ambitions.

Eric Schmidt says Elon Musk is 'exactly wrong' about AI

May 30, 2018

When former Google CEO Eric Schmidt was asked about Elon Musk’s warnings about AI, he had a succinct answer: “I think Elon is exactly wrong.” “He doesn’t understand the benefits that this technology will provide to making every human being smarter,” Schmidt said. “The fact of the matter is that AI and machine learning are so fundamentally good for humanity.”

How Close Are We to a Self-Driving Car?

May 30, 2018

Just about every major automaker is working on some level of self-driving technology. Of course, some companies are much further along than others with technological progress and monetary investments. Regardless of these initiatives, government regulations will have a major impact on timelines and deployment. Automotive insurance, liability concerns, and recent tragic incidents may also stall adoption.

Trump announces tariffs on China, tech crackdown ahead of key trade meeting

May 30, 2018

President Trump said Tuesday that he would proceed with tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports and introduce new limits on Chinese investment in U.S. high-tech industries as part of a broad campaign to crack down on Chinese acquisition of U.S. technology.

Which Countries Will Win the Global AI Race?

May 29, 2018

The U.S., China, and Russia, are only a few of the countries that have announced they are ready to invest in research and in industries to keep pace with a technology that some say is changing the world. Smaller countries, such as the U.K., are exploring ways to become leaders in niche areas, while others such as South Korea see artificial intelligence as a way of maintaining their sovereignty by offsetting potential military threats.

U.S. and China clash over 'technology transfer' at WTO

May 29, 2018

Chinese and U.S. envoys sparred at the World Trade Organization on Monday over U.S. President Donald Trump’s claims that China steals American ideas, the subject of two lawsuits and a White House plan to slap huge punitive tariffs on Chinese goods.

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