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Pentagon Doesn't Want Real Artificial Intelligence In War, Former Official Says

November 04, 2018

Bob Work, who served as deputy defense secretary under Presidents Obama and Trump, said Tuesday during a speech at the annual SAP NS2 Solutions Summit. “We’re looking for narrow AI systems that can compose courses of action to accomplish the tasks that the machine is given and it can choose among the courses of action.”

China's 5 Steps for Recruiting Spies

November 04, 2018

Beware of Chinese spies offering laptops, women, or educational stipends--and especially watch out for odd LinkedIn requests. On Tuesday, the Justice Department unsealed new charges against 10 Chinese intelligence officers and hackers who it says perpetrated a years-long scheme to steal trade secrets from aerospace companies.

DOE to Build Next-Generation Supercomputer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

November 02, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center has signed a contract with Cray for NERSC’s next-generation supercomputer, a pre-exascale machine slated to be delivered in 2020. Named “Perlmutter,” in honor of Berkeley Lab’s Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter, it is the first NERSC system specifically designed to meet the needs of large-scale simulations as well as data analysis from experimental and observational facilities.

Self-Driving Cars Can Handle Neither Rain nor Sleet nor Snow

November 01, 2018

Modern self-driving vehicles have an Achilles heel -- precipitation. And unless you live in the Atacama desert, the Sahara, Antarctica, or an equivalent location, you’re probably familiar with it. Rain and snow aren’t unusual across most of America, and self-driving cars apparently have major problems with both.

Microsoft defends working with the US military: "They will have access to the best technology that we create"

October 31, 2018

Company president and chief legal officer Brad Smith penned an article distilling a company Q&A involving himself and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. "We believe in the strong defense of the United States and we want the people who defend it to have access to the nation’s best technology, including from Microsoft," Smith said.

China 2025 Plan Remains a Stumbling Block as Trump Meeting Looms

October 31, 2018

China’s state-sponsored push to dominate technologies of the future is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to prospects for resolution to the U.S. trade war. Officials from both sides are pessimistic about chances for a breakthrough when Donald Trump and Xi Jinping meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

California Will Not Enforce State Net Neutrality Law Pending Appeal

October 30, 2018

The state of California on Friday agreed not to enforce its own state net neutrality law until a final court decision on the Trump administration's decision to overturn the 2015 Obama-era open internet rules. The move likely means the California net neutrality law, which was set to take effect on Jan. 1, now will be on hold for a year or longer.

Larry Ellison agrees with his nemesis Jeff Bezos over one big thing: the 'shocking' way Google views the U.S. military

October 30, 2018

In a wide-ranging interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo, Oracle founder and executive chairman Larry Ellison had a few choice things to say about Google's newfound disdain for the U.S. military.

Microsoft to keep working with US military, despite concerns

October 30, 2018

Microsoft plans to continue to provide its technology to the U.S. military, despite worries that advances in the field of artificial intelligence could empower weapons to act autonomously and kill people.

Big Tech's year of reckoning

October 30, 2018

Constant Washington shocks have resulted in the underplaying of one of the most consequential stories of our time: Big Tech is facing rising scrutiny and controversy, with many Americans rethinking their online relationships. With tech having lost its luster, the industry is now facing more skepticism from all directions, Axios chief tech correspondent Ina Fried points out.

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