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Police use of 'StingRay' cellphone tracker requires search warrant, appeals court rules

September 25, 2017

A device that tricks cellphones into sending it their location information and has been used quietly by police and federal agents for years, requires a search warrant before it is turned on, an appeals court in Washington ruled Thursday. It is the fourth such ruling by either a state appeals court or federal district court, and may end up deciding the issue unless the government takes the case to the U.S. Supreme Court or persuades the city’s highest court to reverse the ruling.

Ma: We need to stop training kids for manufacturing jobs

September 22, 2017

"In the last 200 years, manufacturing (has brought) jobs. But today -- because of the artificial intelligence, because of the robots -- manufacturing is no longer the main engine of creating jobs," Ma said Wednesday in a speech at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City.

The Paradox of Worry About Job-Taking Robots in an Environment of Labor Shortages

September 22, 2017

The big idea that has captured much of our collective imagination is that the robots are coming to take our jobs.  Well, maybe not our jobs - as higher ed people seem convinced that no A.I. could ever do what they do.  But everyone else's job. At every academic / educational technology conference that I attend we always end up talking about robots.

Key Takeaways from CFIUS Rejection of the Lattice Semiconductor Acquisition

September 20, 2017

President Trump’s action was not unexpected in the United States. During the Obama administration, CFIUS scrutiny of M&A activity involving semiconductor and other advanced technology companies noticeably increased, particularly following a spike in the number of proposed transactions by Chinese buyers and the adoption of China’s Made in China 2025 policy, with the stated goal of indigenizing key sectors of China’s economy to become “the world’s major science and technology power.”

Walking DNA nanorobot could deliver a drug to a precise location in your body

September 18, 2017

The major advance in this study is “their methodology for designing simple DNA devices that work in parallel to solve nontrivial tasks,” notes Duke University computer scientist John H. Reif in an article in the same issue of Science. Such tasks could include synthesizing a drug in a molecular factory or delivering a drug only when a specific signal is present in bloodstreams, say the researchers. “So far, the development of DNA robots has been limited to simple functions,” the researchers note.

Former Facebook executive says Google, Facebook are 'surveillance states' and risk more regulation

September 15, 2017

"Amazon is a microscopic portion of global consumption today, so ultimately I think it has more room to grow before it invites regulatory overview," Palihapitiya said. "On the other hand, Facebook and Google effectively are surveillance states. And they have so much personal, private information about so many citizens of so many countries."

Trump Blocks China-Backed Lattice Bid as Beijing Urges Fairness

September 14, 2017

President Donald Trump blocked a Chinese-backed investor from buying Lattice Semiconductor Corp., casting a cloud over Chinese deals seeking U.S. security clearance and spurring a call for fairness from Beijing. It was just the fourth time in a quarter century that a U.S. president has ordered a foreign takeover of an American firm stopped on national-security concerns.

The next IT jobs boom? The internet of things

September 12, 2017

The internet of things (IoT) is poised to have a big impact on IT -- and not just in terms of the scope of connected things IT must create, analyze, manage and secure. The IoT will shake up the IT jobs landscape, creating new demand for certain technology skills and hybrid job roles.

Connectivity is the first step on long road to self-driving cars

September 11, 2017

Autonomous vehicle technology has become a hot topic in the automotive industry and in the public imagination. But that doesn't mean driverless pods will be whisking metro Detroiters to the grocery store any time soon.

When Public Meets Private in Intelligence

September 11, 2017

Today it surprises few when I do something unorthodox like invite Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos to appear inside an intelligence agency earlier this year, for a probing one-on-one at the AFCEA Spring Intelligence Symposium with several hundred IC professionals about the rapid changes in technology, views on public/private collaboration, and the impacts of AI and robotics on his business and theirs.

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