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Obama announces new Los Angeles-based manufacturing hub

June 22, 2016

The Obama administration selected a Los Angeles group Monday to lead an effort aimed at making manufacturing companies more competitive globally by helping them consume less energy and produce less pollution.The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition in Los Angeles will receive $70 million from the federal government to establish the ninth of 15 "manufacturing hubs" that President Barack Obama wants set up across the country.

China Muscles Out U.S. on List of Fastest Supercomputers

June 22, 2016

China is now the world's dominant player in the global supercomputing space. The country kept its position atop the Top500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers with a new system that not only is markedly faster and more efficient than the previous No. 1 supercomputer -- also from China -- but also is powered by processors designed and manufactured in China.

Here's how A.I. is about to make your car really smart

June 21, 2016

IHS's Automotive Electronics Roadmap Report found the install rate of A.I.-based systems in new vehicles was just 8% in 2015, and the vast majority were focused on speech recognition, according to IHS. However, that number is forecast to rise to 109% in 2025, as there will be multiple A.I. systems of various types installed in many cars.

100 Examples of President Obama’s Leadership in Science, Technology, and Innovation

June 21, 2016

n a speech at the National Academy of Sciences in April 2009, the President called for expanded investments in research and development and a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. He noted that science, technology, and innovation are essential to sustaining economic growth, enabling Americans to lead longer and healthier lives, limiting the harm from climate change, and providing U.S. armed forces and homeland defenders with the tools they need to succeed in every contingency.

Gravitational waves found from colliding black holes

June 20, 2016

For the second time, a group of scientists has detected gravitational waves, bringing more physical proof of the phenomenon Albert Einstein anticipated in his general theory of relativity a century ago. The waves were detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and managed jointly by Caltech and MIT.

Congress should strengthen U.S. leadership in supercomputing

June 19, 2016

Congress has a chance this week to reach agreement on legislation that would promote critical research in high-performance computing and help America build the world’s fastest supercomputer by 2023. Advanced computing enables breakthroughs that will help keep America strong, competitive, and at the forefront of innovation, and Congress should support it.

Industry groups propose alternative to FCC box plan

June 17, 2016

An industry coalition on Thursday proposed what it calls an alternative to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to open up the market for television set-top boxes. Under Wheeler’s proposal, the television providers like Comcast or Dish would have to open up their video feeds for use by anyone who wanted to build their own box or application to access the content.

Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not Luxury

June 17, 2016

High-speed internet service can be defined as a utility, a federal court has ruled in a sweeping decision clearing the way for more rigorous policing of broadband providers and greater protections for web users. The 2-to-1 decision from a three-judge panel at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday came in a case about rules applying to a doctrine known as net neutrality, which prohibit broadband companies from blocking or slowing the delivery of internet content to consumers.

What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

June 16, 2016

An appeals court on Tuesday (Jun 14) upheld "net neutrality" rules that treat the Internet like a public utility and prohibit blocking, slowing and creating paid fast lanes for online traffic. They have been in effect for a year. Here's a look at what the developments mean for consumers and companies:

Restoring Investment in America’s Economy

June 16, 2016

We are seeing continued progress in technological innovation, yet anemic productivity growth. A big reason is that public and private investment have fallen in the last decade. It’s time for serious pro-investment policies.

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