Science & Technology

Google's AI is being used by US military drone programme

March 13, 2018

Google’s artificial intelligence technologies are being used by the US military for one of its drone projects, causing controversy both inside and outside the company. Google’s TensorFlow AI systems are being used by the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Project Maven, which was established in July last year to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyse the vast amount of footage shot by US drones.

Trump Blocks Broadcom Takeover Bid for Qualcomm

March 13, 2018

President Donald Trump blocked Singapore chipmaker Broadcom from pursuing a hostile takeover of U.S. rival Qualcomm, ruling the proposed combination would imperil national security. The decision, announced late Monday, abruptly ends Broadcom's four-month, $117 billion bid to buy Qualcomm -- a deal that would have been the largest ever completed in the technology industry.

Here are the real reasons Trump blocked Broadcom's Qualcomm takeover

March 13, 2018

"It is not just China, it is not just chips. It is broad technology. It is U.S. military power and economic power going forward and he's got a very consistent point of view," said Ron Napier, head of Napier Investment Advisors. "Trump has been saying all year long since he was inaugurated that security is very important to him, technology is very important to him, trade is very important to him and getting jobs back to the United States is very important to him. He's making this all into one fabric," he added.

New Nanoparticle Eye Drops Correct Vision Without Surgery or Glasses

March 12, 2018

Anyone without 20/20 vision can tell you about the struggles of wearing corrective lenses: Contacts often leave eyes tired and dry at the end of the day, and finding the perfect frames for your glasses can be a headache. But now nanotechnology could make it possible to correct vision using eye drops, which would eliminate the need for expensive and annoying eyewear.

China has shot far ahead of the US on deep-learning patents

March 09, 2018

China is outdoing the US in some kinds of AI-related intellectual property, according to a report published in mid-February by US business research firm CB Insights. The number of patents with the words “artificial intelligence” and “deep learning” published in China has grown faster than those published in the US, particularly in 2017, the firm found.

AI Experts List the Real Dangers of Artificial Intelligence

March 08, 2018

A 100-page report written by artificial intelligence experts from industry and academia has a clear message: Every AI advance by the good guys is an advance for the bad guys, too. The paper, titled “The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation,” calls this the “dual-use” attribute of AI, meaning the technology’s ability to make thousands of complex decisions every second could be used to both help or harm people, depending on the person designing the system.

Why Washington Is So Obsessed With China's Huawei

March 08, 2018

The latest was Washington’s move this week to intervene in Singapore-based Broadcom Ltd.’s attempted hostile takeover of U.S.-based Qualcomm Inc. It ordered Qualcomm to delay a shareholder vote that Broadcom hoped would elevate directors friendly to its $117 billion bid.

Empowering Americans to Innovate: Science and Technology Highlights Since Inauguration

March 07, 2018

Since President Trump’s inauguration, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has built a robust team of over 50 staff members, including a corps of scientists and engineers, policymakers, and academics to advise the President on science and technology (S&T), support the President’s agenda, and ensure that S&T efforts across the Executive Branch are effectively coordinated.  [ Full Report ]

White House issues guidance to agencies on IT modernization

March 07, 2018

The guidance released by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) walks agency and department heads through the implementation of the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, which authorizes two different funding streams to help agencies replace legacy IT systems with newer, more efficient and more secure technology.

Amazon tours D.C., Maryland and Virginia in search for new headquarters

March 07, 2018

Officials from Amazon.com toured sites in Washington, Montgomery County, Md., and Northern Virginia last week -- the latest sign that the tech giant is seriously considering adding a second headquarters with as many as 50,000 jobs to the D.C. area, according to officials in all three jurisdictions. There are at least nine sites in the D.C. area proposed for the tech giant’s expansion, dubbed HQ2.

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