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Google to donate $1 billion to help people land technical jobs

October 16, 2017

The company has committed to donating the funds over the next five through grants to organizations that focus on job training and opportunities. The $1 billion will be given out as grants to non-profits around the world specializing in addressing the education and technology gaps. It's the largest single commitment Google has made.

SpaceX is getting really good at launching and landing recycled rockets

October 16, 2017

The private space company launched a Falcon 9 from Kennedy Space Center at just after 6.50 pm ET. It marked SpaceX's 15th launch of 2017, and its 18th landing to date, this latest one on its drone ship floating in the Atlantic Ocean.The perfect touchdown, nine minutes after it left the ground, means SpaceX can now use it for a third time once it's been refurbished.

China targets American technology in drive to become innovation leader

October 12, 2017

China has stepped up efforts to work with American businesses in a bid to acquire advanced technology, part of a drive to become a leading technology-innovation power. “China is pushing to further deepen technology collaboration with U.S. business and academic institutions as part of a national effort to transform its economy, including by putting China at the leading edge of global technological innovation...

How to ensure the fourth industrial revolution is 'Made in the USA'

October 12, 2017

To me, an engineer who studies the future of manufacturing, this focus on what the U.S. made yesterday will only go so far in saving American manufacturing. The U.S. needs to figure out what the country should make tomorrow - and invest heavily in it. Whether we do depends on our willingness to embrace the fourth industrial revolution, a new era that is beginning and is destined to be just as pivotal as the previous three.

NVIDIA Unveils Next-Generation Platform for Fully Autonomous Cars

October 12, 2017

Silicon Valley graphics chipmaker NVIDIA unveiled on Tuesday the first computer chips for developing fully autonomous vehicles and said it had more than 25 customers working to build a new class of driverless cars, robotaxis and long-haul trucks. Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s largest mail and logistics company, and ZF [ZFF.UL], a top automotive parts supplier, plan to deploy a fleet of autonomous delivery trucks based on the new chips, starting in 2019, NVIDIA said.

Why Alibaba Is Spending $15 Billion on 'Disruptive Technology'

October 12, 2017

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is putting a lot of cash behind its goal of serving 2 billion customers and creating 100 million job opportunities over the next two decades. The Chinese e-commerce giant -- which already has around 25,000 engineers and scientists on its staff -- announced today its plans to spend $15 billion on research and development over the next three years.

5 highest-paying jobs for every stage of your IT career

October 11, 2017

Highly successful careers in IT take careful planning. Sure, demand for highly skilled IT workers isn't slowing down, but some in-demand IT skills and roles pay more than others.

Baidu president calls AI the 'single most transformative force of our time'

October 10, 2017

Baidu is known primarily as a search giant in China, but the company, which just opened in office in the Seattle area, is putting its full weight behind artificial intelligence and its ability to change countless industries.

ISS Astronauts Go On Spacewalk to Repair Station's Robotic Arm

October 09, 2017

As you get older, some of your joints might get a little crunchy. The same is apparently true of robots. NASA has just sent two astronauts out on a multi-hour spacewalk to repair the International Space Station’s aging Canadian-built robotic arm, part of which broke down in late September. While the arm still works for certain applications, it will need to be fully operational in advance of the station’s upcoming supply drop next month.

Ding, ding, ding! CRISPR patent fight enters next round

October 08, 2017

UC leads a group of litigants who contend that the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) wrongly sided with the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and two partners--Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge--in February when it ruled that the Broad group invented the use of CRISPR in eukaryotic cells.

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