Science & Technology

White House launches National Quantum Coordination Office

March 05, 2019

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced Monday that it has officially launched the National Quantum Coordination Office. The new office, a requirement for which was set out in the National Quantum Initiative Act that President Trump signed into law in December, will coordinate quantum efforts between agencies across the government.

Democrats to push to reinstate repealed net neutrality rules

March 05, 2019

Democrats in the U.S. Congress plan to unveil legislation on Wednesday to reinstate “net neutrality” rules that were repealed by the Trump administration in December 2017, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. Pelosi told lawmakers in a letter that House Democrats, who won control of the chamber in the November 2018 elections, would work with their colleagues in the U.S. Senate to pass the “Save The Internet Act.”

15 Cities With the Most High-Tech Jobs

March 04, 2019

As the world increasingly relies on advanced technology -- in computing, manufacturing, health care, and more -- science and technology are becoming inextricably linked in the U.S. job market. More and more, the jobs with better pay and job security are in STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and math -- fields.

Testimony Before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee on Made in China 2025 and the Future of American Industry

March 04, 2019

ITIF President Rob Atkinson testified before the Senate Small Business Committee on the issue of unfair Chinese trade and technology policies and practices and what the federal government should do in response. In his testimony, Rob discussed the importance of a new framework from Senator Rubio for how to think about the economic challenge from China, the nature of the economic challenge posed by “Made in China 2025” (MIC25), and components for more robust trade, innovation and competitiveness strategies, including to help small businesses.

Bill Gates lists 10 breakthrough technologies that address 'important challenges' of our time

March 04, 2019

In his quest to solve, or have a hand in solving, some of the world’s more pressing problems, Bill Gates has no doubt been presented with a range of evolving technologies which promise to do one trick or another. In a new list prepared for the MIT Technology Review, the Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist chooses 10 breakthrough technologies for 2019.

China bans 23 million from traveling as part of citizen report card system

March 04, 2019

China banned people from buying plane or train tickets 23 million times last year because their social credit scores were too low, according to the Associated Press, which obtained a copy of a government report. The government rolled out the travel ban on people with low social credit scores last May. According to a report from China’s National Public Credit Information Center from last week, people have been blocked 17.5 million times from purchasing airplane tickets, and 5.5 million times from buying high-speed train tickets.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship makes maiden flight with robo-rider named Ripley

March 03, 2019

A sleek new American-built capsule with just a test dummy aboard docked smoothly with the International Space Station on Sunday in a big step toward putting the U.S. back in the business of launching astronauts. The white, bullet-shaped Dragon capsule, developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX company under contract to NASA, closed in on the orbiting station nearly 260 miles above the Pacific Ocean and, flying autonomously, linked up on its own, without the help of the robotic arm normally used to guide spacecraft into position.

NASA Says Earth Is Greener Today Than 20 Years Ago Thanks To China, India

March 01, 2019

NASA has some good news, the world is a greener place today than it was 20 years ago. What prompted the change? Well, it appears China and India can take the majority of the credit. In contrast to the perception of China and India's willingness to overexploit land, water and resources for economic gain, the countries are responsible for the largest greening of the planet in the past two decades. The two most populous countries have implemented ambitious tree planting programs and scaled up their implementation and technology around agriculture.

The US is finally moving towards an AI strategy

February 28, 2019

The American AI Initiative is a welcome step towards boosting U.S. competitiveness in AI, but it does not go far enough. Without more substantial efforts from the Trump administration and Congress, the United States will struggle to compete with other countries that have developed aggressive national AI strategies, and the economy will be worse off for it.

Lawmakers slam tech industry reps at privacy hearing

February 28, 2019

Lawmakers slammed tech industry representatives at a hearing Wednesday as Congress begins work on drafting a federal privacy law. The Senate Commerce Committee held its first data privacy hearing this year, with lawmakers questioning the industry's support for sweeping federal privacy standards.

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