Science & Technology

Darpa Wants to Build a BS Detector for Science

July 31, 2017

Even for Darpa, that’s a big ask. The DoD has plenty of good reasons to want to know what social science to believe. But plenty more is at stake here. Darpa’s asking for a system that can solve one of the most urgent philosophical problems of our time: How do you know what’s true when science, the news, and social media all struggle with errors, advertising, propaganda, and lies?

Tech Company to Implant Microchips in Employees

July 30, 2017

Three Square Market (32M), a Wisconsin-based modern vending company that outfits break rooms with "micro markets," announced it is poised to offer employees voluntary implants, which can be used for vending in the break room, to open doors, log in to computers and operate the copy machine, among other conveniences. The company is slated to offer the microchips to its employees beginning Aug. 1.

China's quest to become a space science superpower

July 30, 2017

China is rushing to establish itself as a leader in the field. In 2013, a 1.2-tonne spacecraft called Chang'e-3 landed on the Moon, delivering a rover that used ground-penetrating radar to measure the lunar subsurface with unprecedented resolution. China's latest space lab, which launched in September 2016, carries more than a dozen scientific payloads. And four additional missions dedicated to astrophysics and other fields have been sent into orbit in the past two years, including a spacecraft that is conducting pioneering experiments in quantum communication.

Driverless car bill moves quickly to House floor

July 28, 2017

A driverless car bill is quickly moving through the House, as Congress races to pass the first federal legislation to address the emerging technology. The Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved a legislative package Thursday that would bar states from setting certain driverless car rules and allow manufacturers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles per year without meeting existing auto safety standards.

Artificial Intelligence: Why now?

July 27, 2017

For the last 35 years Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been promising much yet not delivering outside of the academic world. So what exactly is AI? There is actually a fair bit of confusion about even the definition of AI, and here I would like to take Gartner’s viewpoint, avoiding marketing terms like ‘cognitive’ in that AI stands for “Amazing Innovation”.

Foxconn Announces U.S. Manufacturing Plant in Wisconsin

July 27, 2017

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Wednesday announced plans to build a $10 billion LCD display panel screen plant in Wisconsin, a deal President Donald Trump asserted would not have happened without his efforts. The company said it plans to invest $10 billion over four years to build a 20-million square foot plant that could eventually employ up to 13,000.

US launches largest-ever warship: What does it mean for Asia?

July 27, 2017

The United States has just sent "a 100,000-ton message to the world," says US President Donald Trump. The message comes in the form of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, a $13 billion behemoth commissioned into the US Navy's fleet on Saturday.

NASA unveils 2018 launch targets for private spaceships built by Boeing, SpaceX

July 26, 2017

Both NASA and the two companies developing commercial crew vehicles say those efforts remain on schedule for test flights that are in some cases less than a year away. NASA published July 20 what it called "the most recent publicly-releasable dates" of the test flights of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon vehicles.

Visualizing the Next 100 Years of Solar Eclipses

July 26, 2017

The Washington Post has created an interactive data visualization illustrating historical and upcoming paths of total solar eclipses across the world. On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the contiguous United States. It’ll be the first to traverse coast to coast in nearly a century. There will be 69 total solar eclipses visible from somewhere on the planet in the next 100 years, but only a few will be visible from North America. See how many total solar eclipses are left in your lifetime.

The biggest names in tech are spending record lobbying fees--here's what they want

July 25, 2017

The biggest names in tech, including Google, Amazon, and Apple, spent more this quarter attempting to influence the U.S. government than ever before, according to public lobbying records. The tech giants spent more than $15 million lobbying between April 1 and June 30, with Google topping the list at $5.93 million.

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