Science & Technology
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.
After three decades in Congress, Rep. Lamar Smith to call it quits
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, an influential senior House member first elected to Congress in 1986, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2018 when his six-year stint as chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology comes to an end.
Apple's iPhone X could be make or break for the world's most valuable company
Apple's iPhone X goes on sale Friday, and it's without a doubt one of the most important device launches in the company's history. At a $999 starting price, the flagship device has to impress, and prove that Apple can still innovate. The U.S. technology giant has been criticized at times for not being the market leader when it comes to technology.
The massive asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was even more devastating than anyone imagined
The massive asteroid that is thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs was one of the most significant events in Earth's history, and without it there's a really good chance humans might never have existed at all. With that in mind, it's hard to imagine how the space rock's impact could have been even more devastating than scientists have assumed, but new research suggests exactly that, and paints an even more dire picture of what life was like on Earth in the years that followed.
Stargazers find twenty new Earth-like planets that could host life
Stargazers have discovered 20 worlds "hiding in plain sight" which they believe could be habitable. Analysis of data from the Kepler space telescope revealed a list of planets that orbit stars like our own sun.
5 U.S. Cities Luring Tech Talent Away From Silicon Valley
For the last two decades, we’ve celebrated one model of innovation: Silicon Valley. Its sprawling suburban setup has undoubtedly worked well, but there are signs that the Valley’s appeal is waning. As the skyrocketing cost of living becomes anything but liveable, industry talent is looking elsewhere to lead the next tech boom.
Robots will be 100 times smarter than humans in 30 years, tech exec says
Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Japanese tech conglomerate Softbank, has been preparing his company for this scenario for quite some time. Now the tech exec thinks robots will not just outsmart humans, but will have an IQ of 10,000 in the next 30 years.
Will Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon be forever dominant?
I’m skeptical that Washington will break up Big Tech like it did Standard Oil or AT&T. Likewise, New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo also doubts such action is on the near horizon, or really governmental action of any kind. One difference is that Manjoo -- who refers to Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft as the “Frightful Five” -- seems far closer than I am to being convinced strong action is necessary. From his lede: “The tech giants are too big. They’re getting bigger. We can stop them. But in all likelihood, we won’t.”