Science & Technology
Smartphones Outpacing Humans in Literacy
Currently, 758 million adults around the world and 32 million Americans are illiterate, according to a new report issued by the project, "2027: Human vs. Machine Literacy." These are individuals who are unable to read "a road sign, a voting form or a medicine label." At the same time, technological advances in artificial intelligence and voice recognition will soon enable more than two billion smartphones to read and write.
China Tech Plan Threat to Foreign Firms
A European business group says China is violating its free-trade pledges by pressing foreign makers of electric cars and other goods to hand over technology under an industry development plan that is likely to shrink access to its markets.
IEEE-USA Commends Congress for Passing NASA Bill Facilitating Journey to Mars
NASA’s goal to send a manned spacecraft to Mars should get a big boost from the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017. IEEE-USA commends Congress for passing the bipartisan legislation this week.
China's tech giants are pouring billions into US start-ups
Collectively known as the BAT, China's giant technology companies that dominate search, e-commerce and mobile messaging in their home market are going global. The United States is their primary shopping place to diversify and build out their brands. The hunt is on to acquire or buy into fast-growing young companies in a broad range of the hottest tech sectors, such as virtual reality, fintech, social media, video games and mobile apps.
UC Berkeley suffers big loss in CRISPR patent fight: What's next for the powerful gene-editing technology?
UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna and her European collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier, have racked up a slew of awards for their work, which makes it very easy to alter the DNA of living things. But their efforts to patent their discovery have been hung up by a competing claim from Feng Zhang at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
IBM plans to build the first commercially available universal quantum computer
Quantum hardware has already been made available by the likes of D-Wave, but its hardware is limited in the kinds of computation it can achieve. IBM Q marks the first time that a universal quantum computer is being offered up. A universal quantum computer is capable of tackling problems that are too large for a conventional system, so IBM Q would have many applications beyond what's possible with current technology.
Elon Musk: tech dreamer reaching for sun, moon and stars
SpaceX recently announced that two private citizens have paid money to be sent around the Moon in what would mark the farthest humans have ever traveled to deep space since the 1970s. In a sector where entrepreneurs often speak of "moonshots," Musk is one of the biggest dreamers.
Trump renominates FCC chairman
President Trump has renominated Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to a new five-year term, a White House spokesman told The Hill. The White House submitted the necessary paperwork on Tuesday, the source said, the day after Pai met with the president.
Technology as a Force for Inclusion
As a company with a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, these are just some of the questions we ask ourselves at Microsoft. We believe it’s no longer enough to measure success simply in terms of how quickly technology advances. More important is how many lives are improved and whether people are prepared for jobs that require skills ranging from basic digital literacy to advanced computer science.
U.S. consumers now spend 5 hours per day on mobile devices
Flurry data shows that U.S. consumers continue to increase their time-spent on mobile devices. In fact, the average U.S. consumer spends a whopping 5 hours a day on these devices. That is a 20% increase in time-spent compared to Q4 2015. Browser share on mobile, which has been steadily declining, is now only 8%, down from 9% in Q4 2015.