Science & Technology

The key to 5G success has nothing to do with technology

June 20, 2019

If you’re a consumer, the 5G horizon seems to be getting closer by the day as vendors begin shipping 5G-capable handsets and telecom operators refine their buildout plans. But as the pace gradually quickens, one thing is clear: The transition to 5G won’t look anything like 3G and 4G migrations. To a certain extent, 5G will expand the speed-and-performance curve just as 3G and 4G did. And sure, we’ll have fancy new 5G phones in a couple of years, but we’re not where the real action is going to be. Because this isn’t going to be a consumer revolution at all. Rather, it’ll be an enterprise one.

Why the Future Needs Us: Prosperity Capitalism and the Innovation Economy

June 20, 2019

Prosperity Capitalism is my term for when free enterprise, free markets and democracy thrive so does innovation. Prosperity results when capitalism is enabled by free markets, access to capital, talent and tools. Low regulation is part of the equation, In fact I could argue that the heart of Prosperity Capitalism are democratic values that drive invention, risk and reward.

The Coming Flood of Space Junk Can't Be Stopped by Technology Alone

June 19, 2019

The number of manmade objects in orbit is set to triple in five years, a reflection of humanity’s growing dependence on ever-cheaper satellites for communication and imagery. Yet more spacecraft means more space debris to threaten them.

Facebook unveils 'its most invasive and dangerous form of surveillance yet' with launch of Libra cryptocurrency

June 19, 2019

The currency is known as Libra, which the social network says it has "no special role" in governing and will manage equally with a group of big companies. Experts have branded the move a dangerous power grab that marks Facebook's "most invasive" form of surveillance yet.

Are Scientists Biased Against Women Scientists?

June 18, 2019

Unfortunately, “bias” can mean a great many things, none of which are quite the same. Sometimes, people use simply to refer to two groups that are unequal. Sometimes it means prejudice. Sometimes, it means discrimination. How these ideas, or claims, are related yet different is beyond the scope of this essay, which, instead, deals only with gender bias.

Complex Life May Be Much Rarer in the Universe Than Previously Thought

June 18, 2019

A new study suggests that complex alien life -- the sort of life we could one day meet and potentially communicate with -- might be present on far fewer worlds than previously thought, due to the toxic presence of so much CO2 on certain planets that are otherwise within the Habitable Zone (HZ) of their respective stars.

Does Alexa illegally record children? Amazon sued for allegedly storing conversations without consent

June 18, 2019

Amazon’s Alexa is the target of a pair of lawsuits that allege the voice assistant violates laws in nine states by illegally storing recordings of children on devices such as the Echo or Echo Dot. It’s the latest development in an ongoing debate around Alexa and privacy.

Products that could get pricier if U.S. tariffs on China take effect

June 18, 2019

Hundreds of companies began queuing up to testify in Washington on Monday for seven days of hearings on the Trump administration's proposal to jack up tariffs on Chinese imports. A common theme of their testimony: Americans would feel the pinch on everything from mobile phones and laptops to apparel, fireworks and Christmas ornaments.

Apple Most Exposed of Big Tech from US-China Trade War

June 17, 2019

Of America’s five biggest tech companies, Apple looks to be the most vulnerable to the current tumult in trade between China and the US. And now one technology analyst says the next six months could be “choppy,” as the high stakes trade war between the U.S. and China intensifies.

Humans are probably safe from a catastrophic asteroid strike - for now

June 17, 2019

If you ever clean out the gutters on your roof, take note: The dirt you’re tossing may have come from outer space. “In an average day, about 100 tons of meteor dust falls on the planet,” May writes. “One of the best places to find it is on non-porous surfaces like city rooftops and gutters . . . The sludge in your gutter almost certainly contains a few particles that came from outer space.”

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