Science & Technology
Our cities are getting smarter and you probably didn't even notice
The term “smart cities” conjures up images of futuresque, Minority Report-style communities in which every car is autonomous, advertisements recognize and follow you wherever you go, and police officers fly around on jetpacks. But a lot of smart innovations are more subtle than that -- and are already working in major US cities. Trash bins in some airports and streets compost themselves, street lights monitor traffic and parking, and sensors prevent sewers from overflowing into rivers during floods.
Tech's power shifts as Obama fades to Trump
Silicon Valley’s influence and power in Washington has grown in the Obama years. The question is whether that growth will be curtailed with Donald Trump’s election. Internet companies have stormed onto D.C.’s lobbying scene, opening up in-house shops and hiring established lobbyists to gain influence.
CES 2017: Cars, robots are expected to star
One of the biggest tech hits of 2016 was a talking kitchen speaker from Amazon that could play music, tell you the time and weather, and buy things online for you. So it's no surprise that the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week will showcase the many sons and daughters of Alexa.
Tech trends to watch in 2017
2017 may be a year when we continue to see innovative updates to already existing tech rather than a big, splashy new device that makes waves. The era of the “one, big, monumental ‘thing’ that everyone is focused on” seems to have hit a “plateau,” CNET senior editor Dan Ackerman told CBS News. “You know, we are at the point when even the coolest, most exciting phone that came out hit a plateau in development.
Why So Few Women in Tech? Your Answer Depends on Your Gender
Nearly 50% of men thought the main reason was too few women and minorities entering the tech sector. Only 23% of women agreed with them. The biggest reason for the lack of diversity in tech, in female founders’ eyes, was unconscious bias. Only 12% of male founders thought this was the main driver behind male and pale dominance.
Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2017
If you’ve seen it in a movie, you might see it in reality in 2017. Just like in sci-fi flicks, this year’s flagship phones will be (almost) all screen. Some of us will start wearing computers on our faces. And chances are good an artificial intelligence will make decisions on your behalf. Ok, teleportation is still a ways off. But we’re still in awe of what’s in store for the next 12 months.
China reveals plans for space domination in the 2020s - including a trip to MARS
Obama White House's final tech recommendation: Invest in A.I.
One of the most important things that the U.S. can do to improve economic growth is to invest in artificial intelligence, or A.I., said the White House, in a new report. But there's a dark side to this assessment as well. A.I.-driven, intelligent systems have the potential to displace millions, such as truck drivers, from their jobs. But potential negative impacts can be offset by investments in education as well as by ensuring there is a safety net to help affected people, the White House argued, in what will likely be the Obama administration's final report on technology policy.
China could overtake US air superiority using hacked American technology
The technology that went into China’s new J-20 jet fighter was stolen and diverted from export licenses the Commerce Department issued over a decade ago despite Defense Department objections, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof told RT’s Ed Schultz. The US, Russia and China are in an expensive technological race to achieve global air superiority.
Virtual assistants expected to top virtual reality in holiday sales
Two years after Amazon.com Inc introduced the Echo, a $179.99 hands free speaker with AI-powered virtual assistant Alexa, the virtual home assistant category is poised to beat out virtual reality and possibly a few other high tech competitors, according to the Consumer Technology Association. Oppenheimer analyst Andrew Uerkwitz estimated nearly 10 million to 12 million Amazon Echo and Google Home virtual assistants could sell during the holidays.