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Human/AI hybrids and gene editing are going to change mankind in a big way

February 22, 2018

Allowing humans to become masters of their DNA is something that can be achieved using a gene editing technique known as CRISPR -- a simple yet powerful tool used to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function. “These instruments, like CRISPR, are allowing us to, in real-time, edit life on a grand scale,” Enriquez said, according to Futurism. “We are rewriting the sentences of life to our purposes.”

Pence: To Lead in Space, US Needs Less Red Tape for Commercial Space Companies

February 22, 2018

At the first National Space Council meeting in October, Pence emphasized that the U.S. will "win the 21st century in space," laying out a plan to focus on human spaceflight and get astronauts back to the moon. At today's meeting, hosted at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, he talked about the path toward that goal and brought in several panelists who supported loosening regulations to allow for more innovation from private spaceflight companies.

Semiconductor Industry 8-Point Policy Plan for 2018

February 22, 2018

...the U.S. semiconductor industry has developed an 8-point policy plan for 2018 (outlined below) to promote U.S. economic growth and innovation, while helping to ensure American businesses can compete on a level playing field with our competitors abroad.

FCC chair backs SpaceX plan to provide broadband by satellite

February 22, 2018

According to the FCC, if the proposal is approved, it would be the first time an American company has been given permission to use low-Earth orbit satellites for providing broadband. Other companies like OneWeb, Space Norway and Telesat are also pursuing similar projects, which have been approved by the FCC.

Top US Intelligence Officials Warn Against Using Chinese Smartphones

February 21, 2018

One thing about Huawei that particularly brothers the U.S. government is its founder, Ren Zhengfei, who is a former officer of the People’s Liberation Army, the armed force of China and the country’s Communist Party. This is hardly the first time the U.S. government has expressed concerns over Chinese tech companies’ ties with the country’s government.

China's secretive stealth fighter is finally combat-ready

February 21, 2018

The advanced aircraft has long been the subject of intense speculation, with details about its design and technology trickling out in dribs and drabs. [Supersonic! The 11 Fastest Military Planes] While the J-20 is operational, it doesn't yet have the capabilities to match its American counterparts, the South China Morning Post, a major Hong Kong newspaper, reported.

Malicious use of A.I. could turn self-driving cars and drones into weapons, top researchers warn

February 21, 2018

The report, titled "The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence," cautioned against various security threats posed by the misuse of AI. Self-driving cars, for example, could be tricked into misinterpreting a stop sign that might cause road accidents, while a swarm of drones, controlled by an AI system, could be used for surveillance or launching quick, coordinated attacks, the report said.

Changes Urged to Protect Children from Tech Addiction

February 20, 2018

Former technology industry leaders are calling for urgent measures to protect children from smartphone addiction. Among those urging major changes is Tristan Harris - a former high-level employee at Google. He just launched a group that will seek to gather and publish evidence of how digital devices and social media can harm children and young people.

Facebook Notification Spam Has Crossed the Line

February 19, 2018

Facebook has always nudged truant users back to its platform though emails and notifications. But recently, those prods have evolved beyond comments related to activity on your own profile. Now Facebook will nag you when an acquaintance comments on someone else’s photo, or when a distant family member updates their status.

U.S. Senators Concerned About Chinese Access to Intellectual Property

February 19, 2018

Republican Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he worried about the spread in the United States of what he called "counterintelligence and information security risks that come prepackaged with the goods and services of certain overseas vendors."

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