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Loss of U.S. Supercomputing Edge to China 'Worrying'

November 16, 2017

A recent list showing the United States losing out to China on the ranking of the world’s fastest supercomputers has one former national security scientist concerned. “It is almost like a canary in the mine type of situation,” said Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, chief scientist and executive director of Discovery Park at Purdue University. “China has been very aggressive on this end of high performance computing.” And that is “worrying,” he added.

Bill would raise minimum salary for H-1B holders

November 16, 2017

A bill focused on “H-1B dependent” companies passed the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning -- another step toward the Trump administration’s promises to curtail a foreign worker program it says is rife with loopholes and threatens American jobs. A company is considered H-1B dependent if 15 percent or more of its workforce are H-1B holders.

Amazon's Cashierless Store Is Almost Ready for Prime Time

November 16, 2017

For the past year,  Amazon employees have been test driving Amazon Go, an experimental convenience store in downtown Seattle. The idea is to let consumers walk in, pick up items and then pay for them without ever standing in line at a cashier. Amazon is vague on the mechanics, but the store relies on a mobile app and some of the same sensing technology that powers self-driving cars to figure out who is buying what.

Technology invading nearly all U.S. jobs, even lower skilled

November 15, 2017

Forget robots. The real transformation taking place in nearly every workplace is the invasion of digital tools. The use of digital tools has increased, often dramatically, in 517 of 545 occupations since 2002, with a striking uptick in many lower-skilled occupations, according to a study released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

Bill Gates invests $80 million to build Arizona smart city

November 15, 2017

A group associated with a Gates investment company has invested $80 million in a high-tech planned development outside Phoenix. The community in Belmont will be designed around high-speed networks, autonomous vehicles, high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and autonomous logistics hubs.

Missouri AG subpoenas Google in antitrust investigation

November 14, 2017

Missouri's attorney general launched an investigation into Google’s data collection and search practices, saying that the internet giant has so far received a “free pass” by federal regulators. Josh Hawley, a Republican, announced the probe on Monday, saying that his office has issued a subpoena to Google.

Air Force general says China is advancing in space five times as fast as the US

November 13, 2017

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

November 13, 2017

If you don’t own a smart speaker now, chances are you will soon enough. According to a new report from Juniper Research, devices like the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Sonos One will be installed in a majority of U.S. households within the next five years.

China Has A Breakthrough in Spy-Proof Quantum Communications

November 10, 2017

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

November 10, 2017

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.”

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