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Republicans want to open U.S. roads for companies testing self-driving cars

June 28, 2017

Lawmakers like Walden believe their early efforts are a boon for safety, not to mention U.S. business. “We lose 30,000 to 40,000 people a year in highway fatalities,” he explained, adding: “What can we do to set standards that will make sure that innovation is taking place in the United States?” Chief among Republicans’ offerings is a bill that would permit the likes of Google and Uber to test their self-driving cars around the country...

Google fined a record 2.7 billion by the EU for manipulating search results

June 28, 2017

The EU’s executive body, the European Commission, imposed a record $2.7 billion penalty on Google after a seven-year investigation into whether the company was promoting its own comparison shopping tool over those of its competitors in search results.

Who's the Tech Copycat Now?

June 28, 2017

It's difficult for many Americans to shake their mental image of Chinese knockoffs peddled on street corners. And for years that described Chinese technology, too. Local companies set up shop by copying eBay, Google, Apple and other foreign technology companies. But China has moved way past its knockoff phase.

NASA's Mars rover is really good at laser-blasting rocks without human input

June 27, 2017

For the last year, the Curiosity rover has been studying the surface of Mars with more independence than ever before, saving human time and energy. The partly autonomous exploration is also helping people sidestep the constraints of working across vast distances in space. This new capability is powered by software called Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science, or AEGIS.

Jack Ma: This is what to study if you want a high-paying job in the future

June 23, 2017

"The new wave is coming. Jobs will be taken away," Ma says. "Some people, who catch up [with] the wave, will be rich, will be more successful." But for those who fall behind, says Ma, the future will be "painful." At the heart of the fast-approaching technological new age, Ma says, is data. According to his projections for the future job market, skills associated with data and its analysis will become extremely valuable.

Trump vows to cut 'job-killing' regulations on tech industry

June 23, 2017

President Trump on Thursday vowed to cut back on "job-killing" regulations on the tech industry in a meeting with business executives. Trump met with leaders from the drone and broadband industries at the White House, the latest event in the administration's "tech week." “We want to remain number one in certain areas,” Trump said. “We’re going to give you the competitive advantage that you need."

White House aims to speed U.S. drone, wireless technologies

June 22, 2017

The White House is bringing together drone makers, wireless companies and venture capitalists on Thursday to look at ways government can help speed new technologies to the marketplace. President Donald Trump will meet with the chief executives of General Electric Co, Honeywell International Inc and AT&T Inc AT&T Inc, major drone industry firms and venture capitalists in the latest effort by the White House to focus on innovative technologies as a way of spurring job growth.

Beyond CFIUS: The Strategic Challenge of China's Rise in Artificial Intelligence

June 22, 2017

Congress may soon consider legislation reportedly being drafted by Senator Cornyn that could heighten scrutiny of Chinese investments in artificial intelligence and other sensitive emerging technologies considered critical to U.S. national security interests. The legislation is intended to address concerns that China has circumvented the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), including through joint ventures, minority stakes, and early-stage investments in start-ups.

New Process Allows Us to Teleport Life Anywhere

June 21, 2017

A new manufacturing process has been developed that one day may allow us to send life to distant planets, bring living things to earth from extra-terrestrial worlds, change the way we fight viruses, alter our entire approach to biological research, modify our approach to global epidemics, and revolutionize how we manage life on earth.

The U.S. No Longer Has One of the Top Three Fastest Supercomputers

June 20, 2017

As America’s grasp on the world of supercomputing continues to slip, the Department of Energy is seeking to reinvigorate the nation’s capabilities. A new ranking shows that for the second year running, the world’s fastest supercomputer is TaihuLight, housed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, China.

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