Science & Technology

Is Technology Really Going to Destroy More Jobs Than Ever Before?

October 23, 2017

You’ve probably heard that a robot is going to take your job. It’s an oft-repeated refrain, heralded in article headlines and speeches from luminaries such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. Some experts predict that anywhere from 38 to 57 percent of jobs could be automated in the next few decades, depending on who you ask, and the jobs aren’t limited to any one industry.

Artificial Intelligence to dominate the workplace; revolutionize education

October 23, 2017

Don’t feel too secure in your job. It might not be there in a few years. Frame that diploma? Maybe, but the college you went to might also disappear over the next several years. The technological revolution is changing the way we learn, the way we work, the way we play, and the way we think and it is doing it at a rapid pace. The wave of the future -- perhaps the wave of the present -- is Artificial Intelligence. At least that’s what numerous experts are saying, and even many of them can’t fathom what’s next.

Why governments should protect us from barely-taxed tech monopolies

October 22, 2017

In our day, we can’t quite see anything wrong with monopoly. We’re certain that our tech giants achieved their dominance fairly and squarely through the free market, by dint of technical genius. To conjure this image of meritocratic triumph requires overlooking several pungent truths about the nature of these new monopolies. Their dominance is less than pure. They owe their dominance to innovation, but also to tax avoidance.

NASA studying potential cooperation on Russian lunar science missions

October 17, 2017

NASA is in discussions about potential roles it could play on an upcoming series of Russian robotic lunar missions, including landers and sample return spacecraft. Jim Green, director of NASA’s planetary science division, told attendees of the annual meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) here Oct. 11 that he recently returned from a trip to Russia that included talks about cooperation on those future Russian lunar missions.

Using drones to find broken bridges - before it's too late

October 17, 2017

America has a big bridge problem. There are more than a million bridges in the United States, and most were built during the great highway construction boom of the 1950s. They were designed for the relatively light panel trucks of the Eisenhower era, rather than the massive rigs of today. Meanwhile, the frequency of trips has surged. In 1950, trucks hauled 200 billion ton-miles of intercity commercial freight; by 2002, that number increased to 1.44 trillion ton-miles, or more than 600 percent.

LIGO and Virgo make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars

October 17, 2017

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves -- ripples in space-time -- in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been observed in both gravitational waves and light.

Facebook acquires anonymous polling app targeted at teens

October 17, 2017

Facebook says it has acquired tbh, a teen-focused messaging app that lets users create anonymous polls, for an undisclosed amount.

5G Readiness on the Rise

October 16, 2017

Ericsson has released the 5G Readiness Survey 2017. The report shows that many operators have accelerated preparations for the new technology and trials are being carried out by 78 percent of the respondents. Furthermore, 28 percent of the respondents expect to deploy 5G next year.

Google to donate $1 billion to help people land technical jobs

October 16, 2017

The company has committed to donating the funds over the next five through grants to organizations that focus on job training and opportunities. The $1 billion will be given out as grants to non-profits around the world specializing in addressing the education and technology gaps. It's the largest single commitment Google has made.

SpaceX is getting really good at launching and landing recycled rockets

October 16, 2017

The private space company launched a Falcon 9 from Kennedy Space Center at just after 6.50 pm ET. It marked SpaceX's 15th launch of 2017, and its 18th landing to date, this latest one on its drone ship floating in the Atlantic Ocean.The perfect touchdown, nine minutes after it left the ground, means SpaceX can now use it for a third time once it's been refurbished.

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