Science & Technology

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.”

Uber announces partnership with NASA on flying car service

November 09, 2017

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'

November 08, 2017

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

November 07, 2017

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'

November 07, 2017

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

November 06, 2017

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

November 06, 2017

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

November 03, 2017

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

November 02, 2017

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.

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