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SpaceX plans global 'space internet'

March 21, 2017

SpaceX has applied to the FCC to launch 11,943 satellites into low-Earth orbit, providing “ubiquitous high-bandwidth (up to 1Gbps per user, once fully deployed) broadband services for consumers and businesses in the U.S. and globally,” according to FCC applications. Recent meetings with the FCC suggest that the plan now looks like “an increasingly feasible reality...

Top 10 'breakthrough' technologies for 2017

March 21, 2017

These technologies all have staying power. They will affect the economy and our politics, improve medicine, or influence our culture. Some are unfolding now; others will take a decade or more to develop. But you should know about all of them right now.

Espionage risk to US heightened as China's military presses its domestic tech firms

March 20, 2017

China is taking a page from the Pentagon's playbook under the Obama administration: it's partnering with tech companies to develop more cutting-edge weapons. But China's innovation-focused strategy could elevate the espionage risk to the U.S.

Russia, China making gains on US military power

March 18, 2017

Russia and China are increasingly challenging the military superiority that the United States has held since the early 1990s. Since the end of the Cold War, America’s naval, air, land and space capabilities, paired with key bases in Europe and Asia, has created a strategic advantage over other major superpowers.

U.S. tech group urges global action against Chinese "mercantilism"

March 16, 2017

A U.S. technology group said in a report on Thursday that China's mercantilist industrial policies were a risk to the global economy and trading system, and called for international pressure on China to force a policy "reset". The report coincided with the release of a separate paper by an influential U.S. business chamber criticizing Beijing's "Made in China 2025" plan, which aims to dramatically increase domestically made products in 10 sectors, from robotics to biopharmaceuticals.

Senators push for broadband study

March 16, 2017

Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are pushing for the federal government to start measuring the impact of broadband on the economy. The two co-chairs of the Senate Broadband Caucus introduced a bill on Wednesday that would require the Bureau of Economic Analysis to study the economic effects of broadband deployment and adoption.

US government to NASA: Get humans to Mars by 2033

March 15, 2017

Congress wants NASA to get to Mars, and they just gave them $19.5 billion to do it. The NASA Authorization Act of 2017 is focused on transforming NASA back into the great scientific organization it was during the Apollo Program. The bill authorizes NASA programs like the Space Station, deep space exploration, and asteroid redirect missions for 2017. Also included in the bill is a mandate for human space travel to Mars in 2033.

China Tries to Reassure Foreign Companies Over Industry Plan

March 15, 2017

China's industry minister on Saturday defended a manufacturing development plan and rejected complaints foreign makers of electric cars and other goods might be pressured to hand over technology or forced out of promising markets. Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology, tried to reassure foreign companies that the "Made in China 2025" industry plan treats all companies equally.

A.I.: The Next U.S.-China Arms Race?

March 15, 2017

Although China could initially only observe the advent of the Information-Technology Revolution in Military Affairs, the People’s Liberation Army might presently have a unique opportunity to take advantage of the military applications of artificial intelligence to transform warfare. When the United States first demonstrated its superiority in network-centric warfare during the first Gulf War, the PLA was forced to confront the full extent of its relative backwardness in information technology.

Intel's 15 Billion Reasons Why an AI Chip Revolution Has Arrived

March 15, 2017

AI isn’t just changing internet services, cars, robotics, and healthcare. It’s changing the computer chip market too. This shift was underlined on Monday when Intel said it would pay $15.3 billion to acquire Mobileye, an Israeli company that makes chips and cameras for cars and trucks, including the self-driving variety.

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