Science & Technology
U.S. consumers now spend 5 hours per day on mobile devices
Flurry data shows that U.S. consumers continue to increase their time-spent on mobile devices. In fact, the average U.S. consumer spends a whopping 5 hours a day on these devices. That is a 20% increase in time-spent compared to Q4 2015. Browser share on mobile, which has been steadily declining, is now only 8%, down from 9% in Q4 2015.
The US government changed H-1B visa rules. Here's what it means for tech
U.S. immigration authorities suspended a program last Friday that expedited visas for skilled workers - a darling class of workers in the tech community. Despite stoking tension in tech companies, it's a relatively routine decision that's happened under administrations past. But it is missing one key piece of information - a timeline - and that could impact businesses.
Amazon deepens university ties in artificial intelligence race
Amazon.com Inc has launched a new program to help students build capabilities into its voice-controlled assistant Alexa, the company told Reuters, the latest move by a technology firm to nurture ideas and talent in artificial intelligence research.
To Keep U.S. Jobs, Chip Makers Share a Factory and Pin Hopes on Trump
While companies based in the United States still dominate chip sales worldwide, only about 13 percent of the world’s chip manufacturing capacity was in this country in 2015, down from 30 percent in 1990, according to government data. Chip makers attribute the decline to a variety of forces, including high American tax rates and the hefty subsidies offered by foreign governments for new semiconductor plants, which can cost as much as $10 billion.
Could Autonomous Cars and Trucks Be Coming Soon?
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said on Sunday she was reviewing self-driving vehicle guidance issued by the Obama administration and urged companies to explain the benefits of automated vehicles to a skeptical public. The guidelines, which were issued in September, call on automakers to voluntarily submit details of self-driving vehicle systems to regulators in a 15-point “safety assessment” and urge states to defer to the federal government on most vehicle regulations.
Will universities be responsible for the success of cities?
According to researchers around the world, there is increasing momentum from some of the world’s most innovative universities to align curriculum, research and overall mission to city development that specifically focuses on technology-based systems and services. In other words, progressive higher education is linking itself more than ever to the Internet of Everything.
Remembering Vera Rubin, a trailblazer at the telescope and beyond
When we stare up at the night sky, we see shimmering stars, fuzzy galaxies and faint clouds of gas and dust. It is what we cannot see, however, that will forever remind us of astronomer Vera Rubin. Rubin is best known for confirming the existence of dark matter and, along the way, serving as an advocate for women in science and an inspiration to those who wanted to become scientists. She died on December 25, 2016. She was 88.
Technology Subcommittee to Hold Its First Hearing of 115th Congress
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a subcommittee hearing on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. titled “Exploring the Value of Spectrum to the U.S. Economy.”
Around-the-World 24-Hour Conversation on the Future to Celebrate World Future Day
Washington, DC, February 27, 2017 (Newswire.com) - On World Future Day – March 1 - you can join futurists from around the world in a 24-hour conversation about the world’s potential futures, challenges, and opportunities. This online dialogue will start at 12 noon in Auckland, New Zealand and move across the world ending in Honolulu at 12 noon.
“Whatever time zone you are in, you are invited at 12:00 noon in your time zone to click on goo.gl/4hCJq3 and join the conversation. “This is an open discussion about the future, “ says Jerome Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project. “People will be encouraged to share their ideas about how to build a better future.”
This is the fourth year The Millennium Project has done this. Previous World Future Days have discussed issues like:
- Has the world become too complex to understand and manage?
- Can collective intelligence and smart cities anticipate and manage such complexity?
- Will there be a phase shift of global attitudes in the near future about what is important about the future?
- Can new concepts of employment be created to prevent increasing unemployment caused by the acceleration technological changes?
- Can self-organization on the Internet reduce dependence on ill-informed politicians?
- Can virtual currencies work without supporting organized crime?
- How can we break free from mental constraints preventing truly innovative valuable ideas and understand how brains might sabotage us (rational vs. irrational fear, traumatic memories, and defense mechanisms)?
- How can we connect brains to become more intelligent?
TIP: If you join the video conference and see that the limit of interactive video participation has been reached, you will still be able to see and hear, as well as type in the chat box, but your video will not be seen until some leave the conversation. You can also send a comment to @millenniumproj that facilitators will read live in the video conference. As people drop out, new video slots will open up.
The Millennium Project is an independent non-profit global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and universities. It has 63 Nodes (groups of institutions and individuals) around the world that identify long-range challenges and strategies, and initiate foresight studies, workshops, symposiums, and advanced training. Over 4,500 experts have participated in The Millennium Project’s research since its inception, in 1996. The Project’s mission is to improve thinking about the future and make those insights available through a variety of media for feedback to accumulate wisdom about the future for better decisions today. It produces the annual "State of the Future" reports, the "Futures Research Methodology" series, the Global Futures Intelligence System (GFIS), and special studies. The Millennium Project was selected among the top think tanks in the world for new ideas and paradigms by the University of Pennsylvania’s GoTo Think Tank Index, and Computerworld Honors Laureate for its contributions to collective intelligence systems.
7 new Earth-like exoplanets discovered, NASA announces
Talk about lucky number seven. Astronomers have discovered not one, not two, but seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star called TRAPPIST-1. What’s more, three of them are in the habitable zone -- the happy place where liquid water can exist on the surface of rocky planets, as it’s not too hot or cold.