Science & Technology
AI in China: Cutting Through the Hype
China is a rising power in artificial intelligence. This white paper, a collaboration between Eurasia Group and Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, a leading AI researcher and founder of Sinovation Ventures, provides an in-depth view of China's AI sector, detailing where it lags and where it is leap-frogging ahead of the United States in the most important technology race of the 21st century.
Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising human rights fears
Human rights activists say they fear the authorities could use that power to track down dissidents, citing cases from more than a decade ago in which Yahoo Inc handed over user data that led to arrests and prison sentences for two democracy advocates. Jing Zhao, a human rights activist and Apple shareholder, said he could envisage worse human rights issues arising from Apple handing over iCloud data than occurred in the Yahoo case.
Women in technology - the shifting gender landscape
In 2015 women were found to make up only 4% of the developer population in the UK, and account for just 16% of the IT sector. Yet women make wide use of tech products and half of gamers are female. While the figures might suggest that women have little to do with IT innovation, the reality is that women have been involved in the IT industry since the dawn of technology.
Human/AI hybrids and gene editing are going to change mankind in a big way
Allowing humans to become masters of their DNA is something that can be achieved using a gene editing technique known as CRISPR -- a simple yet powerful tool used to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function. “These instruments, like CRISPR, are allowing us to, in real-time, edit life on a grand scale,” Enriquez said, according to Futurism. “We are rewriting the sentences of life to our purposes.”
Pence: To Lead in Space, US Needs Less Red Tape for Commercial Space Companies
At the first National Space Council meeting in October, Pence emphasized that the U.S. will "win the 21st century in space," laying out a plan to focus on human spaceflight and get astronauts back to the moon. At today's meeting, hosted at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, he talked about the path toward that goal and brought in several panelists who supported loosening regulations to allow for more innovation from private spaceflight companies.
Semiconductor Industry 8-Point Policy Plan for 2018
...the U.S. semiconductor industry has developed an 8-point policy plan for 2018 (outlined below) to promote U.S. economic growth and innovation, while helping to ensure American businesses can compete on a level playing field with our competitors abroad.
FCC chair backs SpaceX plan to provide broadband by satellite
According to the FCC, if the proposal is approved, it would be the first time an American company has been given permission to use low-Earth orbit satellites for providing broadband. Other companies like OneWeb, Space Norway and Telesat are also pursuing similar projects, which have been approved by the FCC.
Top US Intelligence Officials Warn Against Using Chinese Smartphones
One thing about Huawei that particularly brothers the U.S. government is its founder, Ren Zhengfei, who is a former officer of the People’s Liberation Army, the armed force of China and the country’s Communist Party. This is hardly the first time the U.S. government has expressed concerns over Chinese tech companies’ ties with the country’s government.
China's secretive stealth fighter is finally combat-ready
The advanced aircraft has long been the subject of intense speculation, with details about its design and technology trickling out in dribs and drabs. [Supersonic! The 11 Fastest Military Planes] While the J-20 is operational, it doesn't yet have the capabilities to match its American counterparts, the South China Morning Post, a major Hong Kong newspaper, reported.
Malicious use of A.I. could turn self-driving cars and drones into weapons, top researchers warn
The report, titled "The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence," cautioned against various security threats posed by the misuse of AI. Self-driving cars, for example, could be tricked into misinterpreting a stop sign that might cause road accidents, while a swarm of drones, controlled by an AI system, could be used for surveillance or launching quick, coordinated attacks, the report said.