Science & Technology

A quantum computer to tackle fundamental science problems

September 29, 2017

For more than 50 years, Moore's Law has reigned supreme. The observation that the number of transistors on a computer chip doubles roughly every two years has set the pace for our modern digital revolution--making smartphones, personal computers and current supercomputers possible. But Moore's Law is slowing. And even if it wasn't, some of the big problems that scientists need to tackle might be beyond the reach of conventional computers.

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and the Future of Work: Myths and Facts

September 27, 2017

We are in the midst of an unprecedented 4th Industrial Revolution that according to Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), “will affect the very essence of our human experience.” Powered by artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, robots and other breakthroughs, these changes will come at us at rates that made the Industrial Revolution look like a period of stability. We are already seeing this shake the very foundations of our economies, with labor productivity growth rates skyrocketing, while rates of worker dislocation, the lion’s share powered by technology, is growing.

What's driving US job growth? Technology and an on-demand culture

September 26, 2017

With millions of Americans looking for work, CareerBuilder is releasing new research that identifies seven major trends that have significantly influenced job creation over the last seven years (2010-2017). The study also highlights occupations that have benefitted from these trends and grown at an accelerated rate post-recession.

Dear Apple: A China-Backed Firm Bought Imagination Technologies' GPU Expertise/Patents

September 26, 2017

Apple contributes 50% of Imagination’s annual revenue. Losing Apple as a client forced Imagination to put itself up for sale last June. A Chinese-backed private equity firm, Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, has agreed to buy Imagination Technologies for £550 million ($743 million). This turn of events might give Chinese phone vendors access to better GPU designs.

Why Big Tech Is Clashing With Internet Freedom Advocates

September 25, 2017

Everyone seems to have a beef with Big Tech these days, with politicians and pundits from across the political spectrum blaming consumer technology's largest companies for everything from income inequality and wage stagnation to #fakenews and President Donald Trump. Now we can add internet advocacy groups, long seen as allies with the Googles and Facebooks of the tech world, to the list.

Police use of 'StingRay' cellphone tracker requires search warrant, appeals court rules

September 25, 2017

A device that tricks cellphones into sending it their location information and has been used quietly by police and federal agents for years, requires a search warrant before it is turned on, an appeals court in Washington ruled Thursday. It is the fourth such ruling by either a state appeals court or federal district court, and may end up deciding the issue unless the government takes the case to the U.S. Supreme Court or persuades the city’s highest court to reverse the ruling.

Ma: We need to stop training kids for manufacturing jobs

September 22, 2017

"In the last 200 years, manufacturing (has brought) jobs. But today -- because of the artificial intelligence, because of the robots -- manufacturing is no longer the main engine of creating jobs," Ma said Wednesday in a speech at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City.

The Paradox of Worry About Job-Taking Robots in an Environment of Labor Shortages

September 22, 2017

The big idea that has captured much of our collective imagination is that the robots are coming to take our jobs.  Well, maybe not our jobs - as higher ed people seem convinced that no A.I. could ever do what they do.  But everyone else's job. At every academic / educational technology conference that I attend we always end up talking about robots.

Key Takeaways from CFIUS Rejection of the Lattice Semiconductor Acquisition

September 20, 2017

President Trump’s action was not unexpected in the United States. During the Obama administration, CFIUS scrutiny of M&A activity involving semiconductor and other advanced technology companies noticeably increased, particularly following a spike in the number of proposed transactions by Chinese buyers and the adoption of China’s Made in China 2025 policy, with the stated goal of indigenizing key sectors of China’s economy to become “the world’s major science and technology power.”

Walking DNA nanorobot could deliver a drug to a precise location in your body

September 18, 2017

The major advance in this study is “their methodology for designing simple DNA devices that work in parallel to solve nontrivial tasks,” notes Duke University computer scientist John H. Reif in an article in the same issue of Science. Such tasks could include synthesizing a drug in a molecular factory or delivering a drug only when a specific signal is present in bloodstreams, say the researchers. “So far, the development of DNA robots has been limited to simple functions,” the researchers note.


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