Science & Technology

Will Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon be forever dominant?

October 31, 2017

I’m skeptical that Washington will break up Big Tech like it did Standard Oil or AT&T. Likewise, New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo also doubts such action is on the near horizon, or really governmental action of any kind. One difference is that Manjoo -- who refers to Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft as the “Frightful Five” -- seems far closer than I am to being convinced strong action is necessary. From his lede: “The tech giants are too big. They’re getting bigger. We can stop them. But in all likelihood, we won’t.”

Trump to allow states to expand drone use

October 30, 2017

President Trump on Oct. 25th signed a presidential memorandum directing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to create a pilot program that allows localities to propose expanded drone operations that include flights over people, nighttime operations and flying beyond the visual line of sight — all of which are currently prohibited.

Technology Overuse May Be the New Digital Divide

October 30, 2017

Higher income and better educated parents often control and monitor what their kids watch online. And for young children, families are making different decisions about how much and when to let their children watch screens. Low-income families appear to be using them more frequently as a babysitter and to occupy children during long commutes by car or public transportation.

Solve These Tough Data Problems and Watch Job Offers Roll In

October 29, 2017

Gilberto Titericz, an electrical engineer at Brazil’s state oil company Petrobras, told his boss he planned to resign, after seven years maintaining sensors and other hardware in oil plants. By devoting hundreds of hours of leisure time to the obscure world of competitive data analysis, Titericz had recently become the world’s top-ranked data scientist, by one reckoning. Silicon Valley was calling. “Only when I wanted to quit did they realize they had the number-one data scientist,” he says.

Top 10 states for software jobs

October 26, 2017

Here are the 10 states where software is having the greatest impact based on direct contribution to GDP, direct number of software jobs created and total number of software, software-related and software-adjacent jobs created.

7 hot IT career trends - and 7 going cold

October 26, 2017

There’s a major IT skills gap in the country and it’s only expected to widen. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there will be 1 million more computing jobs than applicants by 2020.

Supreme Court Decision to Hear U.S. v. Microsoft Creates Narrow Window For Much Needed Congressional Action

October 25, 2017

No matter how the case is decided, there are potential negative implications for U.S. competitiveness. If the court supports the use of search warrants to obtain data stored abroad, it will feed the perception that the best way to protect data from the prying eyes of the U.S. government is to store it abroad with a non-U.S. provider. On the other hand, if the court rules that search warrants cannot be used overseas, foreign governments may try to force companies to store data within their borders to make it impossible for U.S. officials to execute a search warrant. This also damages U.S. tech competitiveness because barriers to the free flow of information impede digital innovation.

China is Leading the Next Revolution in Mobile Technology

October 24, 2017

The creation and subsequent adoption of 5G is seemingly inevitable, and like 4G, it will eventually become the leading mobile connection. That said, when the next generation of mobile technology arrives, it won’t be the U.S. or Japan leading the world in 5G users. It will be China.

Adapting to AI: Generations have different challenges in world of emerging technology

October 24, 2017

There was a time when the calculator was cutting edge and the only way to place a call was to walk over to the wall phone. For generations of Americans, the good life used to be working one job with one employer for much of your adulthood until retirement. Today, students are taught they could count on switching careers multiple times as society tries to keep pace with the flood of new gadgets and gizmos.

Space Science Could Get Private-Funding Boost

October 24, 2017

It is encouraging to see that NASA is leaning more towards integrating commercial capabilities into how space science missions are implemented, especially for cubesats and small satellites. It is imperative that NASA embrace the many commercial capabilities that are becoming available in the small-sat market, which may reach $20 billion/year globally in the next few years.

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