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Trump administration working to update driverless vehicle guidance

November 06, 2017

The Trump administration is already in the process of updating its federal guidance for driverless vehicles, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Thursday. The Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled a new framework in September designed to pave the way for autonomous vehicles and build upon efforts from the previous administration.

After three decades in Congress, Rep. Lamar Smith to call it quits

November 03, 2017

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, an influential senior House member first elected to Congress in 1986, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2018 when his six-year stint as chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology comes to an end.

Apple's iPhone X could be make or break for the world's most valuable company

November 02, 2017

Apple's iPhone X goes on sale Friday, and it's without a doubt one of the most important device launches in the company's history. At a $999 starting price, the flagship device has to impress, and prove that Apple can still innovate. The U.S. technology giant has been criticized at times for not being the market leader when it comes to technology.

The massive asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was even more devastating than anyone imagined

November 02, 2017

The massive asteroid that is thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs was one of the most significant events in Earth's history, and without it there's a really good chance humans might never have existed at all. With that in mind, it's hard to imagine how the space rock's impact could have been even more devastating than scientists have assumed, but new research suggests exactly that, and paints an even more dire picture of what life was like on Earth in the years that followed.

Stargazers find twenty new Earth-like planets that could host life

November 01, 2017

Stargazers have discovered 20 worlds "hiding in plain sight" which they believe could be habitable. Analysis of data from the Kepler space telescope revealed a list of planets that orbit stars like our own sun.

5 U.S. Cities Luring Tech Talent Away From Silicon Valley

November 01, 2017

For the last two decades, we’ve celebrated one model of innovation: Silicon Valley. Its sprawling suburban setup has undoubtedly worked well, but there are signs that the Valley’s appeal is waning. As the skyrocketing cost of living becomes anything but liveable, industry talent is looking elsewhere to lead the next tech boom.

Robots will be 100 times smarter than humans in 30 years, tech exec says

October 31, 2017

Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Japanese tech conglomerate Softbank, has been preparing his company for this scenario for quite some time. Now the tech exec thinks robots will not just outsmart humans, but will have an IQ of 10,000 in the next 30 years.

Will Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon be forever dominant?

October 31, 2017

I’m skeptical that Washington will break up Big Tech like it did Standard Oil or AT&T. Likewise, New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo also doubts such action is on the near horizon, or really governmental action of any kind. One difference is that Manjoo -- who refers to Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft as the “Frightful Five” -- seems far closer than I am to being convinced strong action is necessary. From his lede: “The tech giants are too big. They’re getting bigger. We can stop them. But in all likelihood, we won’t.”

Trump to allow states to expand drone use

October 30, 2017

President Trump on Oct. 25th signed a presidential memorandum directing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to create a pilot program that allows localities to propose expanded drone operations that include flights over people, nighttime operations and flying beyond the visual line of sight — all of which are currently prohibited.

Technology Overuse May Be the New Digital Divide

October 30, 2017

Higher income and better educated parents often control and monitor what their kids watch online. And for young children, families are making different decisions about how much and when to let their children watch screens. Low-income families appear to be using them more frequently as a babysitter and to occupy children during long commutes by car or public transportation.

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