Science & Technology
How Congress wants DoD to tackle AI and machine learning in 2019
Congress used its annual defense policy bill to require leadership at the Department of Defense to double down on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Pentagon officials have repeatedly said artificial intelligence is a critical technology to staying ahead of potential adversaries. Earlier this month, the Defense Department reorganized its leadership structure to put a greater emphasis on emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence.
EU could extract billions from US tech companies after Google fine: Acronis CEO
Acronis CEO Serguei Beloussov explains why technology companies like Facebook and Amazon should take caution after the European Union fined Google for $5 billion. [Video]
U.S. congressional negotiators reach deal on defense policy bill
U.S. Senate and House negotiators reached agreement on Monday on a $716 billion defense policy bill, which includes provisions on tightening foreign investment scrutiny and telecommunications security in addition to authorizing military funding.
Education or espionage? A Chinese student takes his homework home to China
Meet the man dubbed China's Elon Musk, Ruopeng Liu. Like Musk, he's working on sending people into space, and has already sent them flying. He's the man behind jet-powered surfboards, and is a multi-billionaire at just 35 years old. "We call ourselves the future studio," said Liu during an NBC News visit to his company's headquarters here. "We design the future." But is he guilty of stealing the intellectual property of a famous American scientist?
Meet the U.S. Officials Now in China's Sphere of Influence
As China’s wealth has grown, so has its sophistication at currying favor in Washington and among the American elite. Both the Chinese government and Chinese companies, often with close state ties, have retained lobbying and public-relations firms in the Beltway, in some cases hiring former U.S. officials as personal lobbyists.
NASA faces funding challenge for JWST in future years
As NASA prepares for a key hearing later this week on the status of the James Webb Space Telescope, an agency official says that the mission’s delays will require nearly half a billion dollars that could come from cuts in other science programs.
Why China Will Soon Challenge Silicon Valley
“You only ignore China now at your peril,” said Gary Rieschel, founding managing partner of Qiming Venture Partners, and an investor with two decades of experience in China. “What’s going to happen when China innovation goes around the world? U.S. firms are going to struggle with that if they don’t have a good handle on it.”
Blue Origin Aced Its Latest New Shepard Rocket Test
New Shepard can come down for a soft landing after launching into space, which is something Blue Origin has demoed in the past. Before anyone climbs aboard the crew capsule, the company wants to make sure they would be safe in the event of a rocket failure. That’s what this week’s test was all about. Blue Origin confirmed that the high-altitude escape system worked by simulating an anomaly in flight.
Astronomers Find a Staggering 12 New Moons Orbiting Jupiter
Famed astronomer Galileo Galilei discovered the first four moons of Jupiter way back in the early 1600s. More than 400 years later, astronomers are still finding moons orbiting the solar system’s largest planet.
US Air Force Wants More Commercial Companies Working AI Projects
The U.S. Air Force wants more companies to work on its artificial intelligence and software projects. “I don’t think we’re attracting enough people,” WIll Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, said Tuesday at the Farnborough Air Show. “Whether they’re the right people or not, I think that’s a separate question.