Science & Technology
Semiconductor Industry 8-Point Policy Plan for 2018
...the U.S. semiconductor industry has developed an 8-point policy plan for 2018 (outlined below) to promote U.S. economic growth and innovation, while helping to ensure American businesses can compete on a level playing field with our competitors abroad.
FCC chair backs SpaceX plan to provide broadband by satellite
According to the FCC, if the proposal is approved, it would be the first time an American company has been given permission to use low-Earth orbit satellites for providing broadband. Other companies like OneWeb, Space Norway and Telesat are also pursuing similar projects, which have been approved by the FCC.
Top US Intelligence Officials Warn Against Using Chinese Smartphones
One thing about Huawei that particularly brothers the U.S. government is its founder, Ren Zhengfei, who is a former officer of the People’s Liberation Army, the armed force of China and the country’s Communist Party. This is hardly the first time the U.S. government has expressed concerns over Chinese tech companies’ ties with the country’s government.
China's secretive stealth fighter is finally combat-ready
The advanced aircraft has long been the subject of intense speculation, with details about its design and technology trickling out in dribs and drabs. [Supersonic! The 11 Fastest Military Planes] While the J-20 is operational, it doesn't yet have the capabilities to match its American counterparts, the South China Morning Post, a major Hong Kong newspaper, reported.
Malicious use of A.I. could turn self-driving cars and drones into weapons, top researchers warn
The report, titled "The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence," cautioned against various security threats posed by the misuse of AI. Self-driving cars, for example, could be tricked into misinterpreting a stop sign that might cause road accidents, while a swarm of drones, controlled by an AI system, could be used for surveillance or launching quick, coordinated attacks, the report said.
Changes Urged to Protect Children from Tech Addiction
Former technology industry leaders are calling for urgent measures to protect children from smartphone addiction. Among those urging major changes is Tristan Harris - a former high-level employee at Google. He just launched a group that will seek to gather and publish evidence of how digital devices and social media can harm children and young people.
Facebook Notification Spam Has Crossed the Line
Facebook has always nudged truant users back to its platform though emails and notifications. But recently, those prods have evolved beyond comments related to activity on your own profile. Now Facebook will nag you when an acquaintance comments on someone else’s photo, or when a distant family member updates their status.
U.S. Senators Concerned About Chinese Access to Intellectual Property
Republican Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he worried about the spread in the United States of what he called "counterintelligence and information security risks that come prepackaged with the goods and services of certain overseas vendors."
The Trump administration is reportedly moving to privatize the International Space Station
The Trump administration is planning to privatize the international space station instead of simply decommissioning the orbiting international experiment in 2024, according to a report in The Washington Post. According to a document obtained by the Post, the current administration is mulling handing the International Space Station off to private industry instead of de-orbiting it as NASA “will expand international and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit.”
These Chinese military innovations threaten U.S. superiority, experts say
The Chinese New Year began with the traditional lighting of firecrackers on Friday, but the country's military has been working on incendiaries on an entirely different scale. Over the past year, the nation that invented gunpowder has been rolling out an array of high-tech weapons that some experts say could threaten the global superiority of the United States.