Science & Technology
Air Force general says China is advancing in space five times as fast as the US
Air Force Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast believes a "Kitty Hawk" moment will begin a new era in space. But while the U.S. still leads every other country in space, Kwast cautions that the edge is whittling away. "In my best military judgment, China is on a 10-year journey to operationalize space. We're on a 50-year journey," Kwast told CNBC.
In Five Years 50 Percent Of US Homes Will Have Voice Assistants
China Has A Breakthrough in Spy-Proof Quantum Communications
A team of Chinese researchers say they have completed the first long-distance quantum secure direct communication, a critical step toward sending messages that are truly safe from eavesdropping. The information traveled 2.7 kilometers along a quantum channel, the team said in a paper that was peer-reviewed by China’s Science Bulletin journal and placed online Oct. 22.
Technology may be disruptive but don't fear it, ASU's futurist says
Johnson said that autonomy in land, sea and air transportation is coming, as is industrial artificial intelligence, which will not only process information but will be social, “knowing” the people it encounters. “Imagine if we create a sentient building to make you feel as secure and welcoming as possible,” said Johnson, who also is a professor of practice with the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU. “Are we educating the workforce to interact with sentient tools 10 to 15 years from now? We’re not, but we need to.”
Uber announces partnership with NASA on flying car service
Uber is joining forces with NASA to develop an air traffic management system for its flying taxi service, the company announced Wednesday at a technology conference in Lisbon, as first reported by CNN. The ride-hailing firm first unveiled its ambitious plans for a flying car project last year, as part of Uber’s effort to transform the transportation industry.
Survey Reveals Nearly 50% of Consumers State They 'Have No Idea What Artificial Intelligence is About'
Sage's report, "Optimism and Ethics - An AI reality Check" examines major public concerns about AI and unpacks what consumers and the tech community believe to be the greatest areas of potential impact. Of the thousands surveyed, the majority of respondents were optimistic about the potential for AI to manage both personal and professional tasks. However, the data clearly demonstrates the need for more education on the new opportunities AI can create to increase productivity and help build businesses.
Pentagon: We Want You - to Get Us Into The Cloud Much Faster
While the Department has made strides, our computing platforms are not keeping pace with private industry, or even international actors. To maintain advantage over increasingly capable and brazen adversaries, DOD must have a worldwide, secure, exponentially elastic, and resilient information environment that continually learns and adapts. We must adjust more rapidly than our opponents and deliver a superior understanding of the battlespace in order to deliver weapons on time and on target.
Stephen Hawking says A.I. could be 'worst event in the history of our civilization'
The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) could be the "worst event in the history of our civilization" unless society finds a way to control its development, high-profile physicist Stephen Hawking said Monday. He made the comments during a talk at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal, in which he said, "computers can, in theory, emulate human intelligence, and exceed it."
The GOP tax plan could save US tech billions -- these 4 companies alone have $500 billion abroad
CFRA analyst Scott Kessler estimated in October that Apple, Cisco, Microsoft and Oracle would be the biggest beneficiaries of a lower tax rate on repatriated earnings. Indeed, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he would want to invest more in the U.S. if Apple repatriated foreign earnings, and Cisco chief Chuck Robbins told CNBC after the election that he would put the money toward a combination of dividends, buybacks and M&A activity.
Trump administration working to update driverless vehicle guidance
The Trump administration is already in the process of updating its federal guidance for driverless vehicles, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Thursday. The Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled a new framework in September designed to pave the way for autonomous vehicles and build upon efforts from the previous administration.