Science & Technology
Supreme Court to Rule on Legality of Patent Review System
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a federal administrative process frequently used by technology companies to ward off patent infringement lawsuits violates the constitutional rights of patent owners.
Here are some of the tech investors invited to the White House next week
The Trump administration has invited some of Silicon Valley's most prominent venture capital firms -- like Accel and Sequoia Capital -- to a meeting at the White House next week focused on emerging technologies, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
Sound the Alarm: Robots Are Disrupting (Far Too Few) Jobs
It has become an article of faith that workers today are experiencing almost unprecedented levels of labor-market disruption and insecurity: Robots are automating factory jobs, kicking lunch-pail workers into the unemployment line. Taxi drivers are being displaced by Uber. Artificial intelligence is even taking over some of the tasks that lawyers and doctors used to do.
NASA Unveils Mars Rover Concept With Detachable Science Lab
NASA is aiming to have humans on Mars in the next few decades, even if that comes with more risk than we originally thought. Just getting there is only the first challenge. Humans have to be able to survive and explore the red planet, and the agency just unveiled a vehicle that could help with the latter. The new six-wheeled rover looks like it just rolled out of a sci-fi movie.
SpaceX Will Launch Air Force Space Plane
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp will fly its first mission for the U.S. Air Force in August when it launches the military's X-37B miniature spaceplane, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said on Tuesday.
U.S. Congress plans self-driving car legislation to speed rollout
The U.S. Congress is working on national self-driving vehicle legislation that could replace state-by state rules and make it easier for automakers to test and deploy the technology, senior U.S. House and Senate lawmakers told Reuters on Tuesday.
Elon Musk says artificial intelligence will beat humans at 'everything' by 2030
The performance of humans’ puny brains will be outmatched by computers within just 13 years, billionaire Elon Musk has claimed. The Tesla and SpaceX founder said that artificial intelligence will beat us at just about everything by 2030.
Michelle Lee resigns from top spot at Patent Office
U.S. Patent Office Director Michelle Lee resigned on Tuesday, a White House official confirmed. Lee stepping down concludes a long saga of ambiguity over the leadership of the Patent and Trademark Office.
British prime minister calls for internet regulation after violent attack
British Prime Minister Theresa May is calling for tighter internet regulation in the wake of a deadly terror attack in and around London Bridge. The British PM said in a statement on Sunday that technology serves as a breeding ground for terrorism and extremism.
NASA Can't Explain What Made This Strange, Deep Hole on Mars
You'd think NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has seen everything there is to see on the Martian surface in the 11 years it's orbited our nearest neighbour, but a snapshot taken over the planet's South Pole has revealed something we can't explain.