Science & Technology

U.S. Congress plans self-driving car legislation to speed rollout

June 08, 2017

The U.S. Congress is working on national self-driving vehicle legislation that could replace state-by state rules and make it easier for automakers to test and deploy the technology, senior U.S. House and Senate lawmakers told Reuters on Tuesday.

Elon Musk says artificial intelligence will beat humans at 'everything' by 2030

June 07, 2017

The performance of humans’ puny brains will be outmatched by computers within just 13 years, billionaire Elon Musk has claimed. The Tesla and SpaceX founder said that artificial intelligence will beat us at just about everything by 2030.

Michelle Lee resigns from top spot at Patent Office

June 07, 2017

U.S. Patent Office Director Michelle Lee resigned on Tuesday, a White House official confirmed. Lee stepping down concludes a long saga of ambiguity over the leadership of the Patent and Trademark Office.

British prime minister calls for internet regulation after violent attack

June 06, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May is calling for tighter internet regulation in the wake of a deadly terror attack in and around London Bridge. The British PM said in a statement on Sunday that technology serves as a breeding ground for terrorism and extremism.

NASA Can't Explain What Made This Strange, Deep Hole on Mars

June 05, 2017

You'd think NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has seen everything there is to see on the Martian surface in the 11 years it's orbited our nearest neighbour, but a snapshot taken over the planet's South Pole has revealed something we can't explain.

SpaceX Launches 1st Recycled Cargo Ship

June 05, 2017

SpaceX has launched its first recycled cargo ship to the International Space Station. An unmanned Falcon rocket lifted off Saturday from Florida's Kennedy Space Center with a Dragon capsule that made a station delivery nearly three years ago.

US military is developing Star Wars-style lasers

June 02, 2017

Lasers are fast becoming the weapon of choice as the battlefield becomes increasingly hi-tech. Britain is already working on a laser which could slice aircraft like butter and the US has already begun testing the technology to shoot down incoming missiles and drones.

Technology, skills, and the gig economy

June 01, 2017

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a giant report on how information technology is influencing the US workforce. I recommend it to anyone interested in job creation, labor-force participation, economic growth, and/or technology. It’s chock-full of interesting findings and ideas for future research. Though it offers a number of reasons to worry (there’s lots of disruption underway and even more on the horizon), it does highlight one important opportunity: the “gig economy.”

Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?

June 01, 2017

The balance of power in technology is shifting. China, which for years watched enviously as the West invented the software and the chips powering today’s digital age, has become a major player in artificial intelligence, what some think may be the most important technology of the future. Experts widely believe China is only a step behind the United States.

NASA Releases Stunning First Science Results from Jupiter Probe Juno

May 31, 2017

NASA’s Juno spacecraft arrived in orbit of Jupiter last summer, and it began its death-defying dives into Jupiter’s magnetic field earlier this year. It’s on a longer 53-day orbit than originally planned due to engine trouble, but NASA is still gathering lots of information. NASA has just published the first data from Juno, and it reveals some fascinating things about Jupiter. For one, it has cyclones the size of a planet.

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