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Teaching AI to Learn Like a Toddler

June 20, 2017

AI systems continue to get increasingly powerful, but still need far too much hand-holding by their human masters. New research from DeepMind and OpenAI suggests a mere nudge here and there at the outset can be enough to help artificial intelligence accomplish tricky tasks.

Trump seeks tech's help for government IT overhaul

June 20, 2017

President Donald Trump met with the CEOs of major technology companies on Monday, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Apple’s Tim Cook, asking them to help carry out a "sweeping transformation" of the federal government's information technology and cybersecurity.

Chinese Satellite Relays a Quantum Signal Between Cities

June 18, 2017

This experiment was a crucial test for a budding technology called quantum cryptography, which uses quantum particles like photons to send secure information. But fragile quantum particles are notoriously difficult to transmit.

More older Americans getting news on mobile

June 15, 2017

Mobile devices have rapidly become one of the most common ways for Americans to get news, and the sharpest growth in the past year has been among Americans ages 50 and older, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in March.

US rethinks Chinese investment in AI start-ups

June 15, 2017

The Pentagon has raised concerns about China’s access to artificial-intelligence-based technology developed in the US, according to Reuters. The news agency says a leaked report proposes that export controls be updated to stop Chinese organisations being able to invest in some start-ups. It suggests the move is needed to prevent their advanced algorithms being repurposed for the military by Beijing.

Supreme Court to Rule on Legality of Patent Review System

June 13, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a federal administrative process frequently used by technology companies to ward off patent infringement lawsuits violates the constitutional rights of patent owners.

Here are some of the tech investors invited to the White House next week

June 13, 2017

The Trump administration has invited some of Silicon Valley's most prominent venture capital firms -- like Accel and Sequoia Capital -- to a meeting at the White House next week focused on emerging technologies, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Sound the Alarm: Robots Are Disrupting (Far Too Few) Jobs

June 12, 2017

It has become an article of faith that workers today are experiencing almost unprecedented levels of labor-market disruption and insecurity: Robots are automating factory jobs, kicking lunch-pail workers into the unemployment line. Taxi drivers are being displaced by Uber. Artificial intelligence is even taking over some of the tasks that lawyers and doctors used to do.

NASA Unveils Mars Rover Concept With Detachable Science Lab

June 12, 2017

NASA is aiming to have humans on Mars in the next few decades, even if that comes with more risk than we originally thought. Just getting there is only the first challenge. Humans have to be able to survive and explore the red planet, and the agency just unveiled a vehicle that could help with the latter. The new six-wheeled rover looks like it just rolled out of a sci-fi movie.

SpaceX Will Launch Air Force Space Plane

June 08, 2017

Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp will fly its first mission for the U.S. Air Force in August when it launches the military's X-37B miniature spaceplane, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said on Tuesday.

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