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General Motors CEO: We have to earn our right to exist

May 28, 2018

General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra joined Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in a conversation about the future of the automobile industry as part of the bank’s “Talks at GS” series. GM, the biggest carmaker in the U.S., is also the largest female-led company in the world, ranking No. 10 on the Fortune 500 and employing 180,000 people. Barra, who started at GM in 1980 doing part-time work as a student, took over as CEO in January 2014 and was elected the company’s board chairman in 2016.

The Line Between Big Tech and Defense Work

May 28, 2018

Other tech giants have recently secured high-profile contracts to build technology for defense, military, and intelligence agencies. In March, Amazon expanded its newly launched "Secret Region" cloud services supporting top-secret work for the Department of Defense. The same week that news broke of the Google resignations, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft locked down a deal with intelligence agencies.

WIRED'S Predictions for Bots, Blockchains, Crispr, and More

May 28, 2018

Sometimes the future shows up so fast it hits us in the face, like a brick wall in a VR headset. Other times the miraculous promises of technology--the rearrange­ment of our very DNA, the blockchain-­enabled toppling of Facebook--are frustratingly slow to arrive. But either way, the future is coming, and we should be ready.

US jury awards Apple $539 million in Samsung patent retrial

May 25, 2018

After nearly five days of deliberations, a U.S. jury on Thursday said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd should pay $539 million to Apple Inc for copying patented smartphone features, according to court documents, bringing a years-long feud between the technology companies into its final stages.

Holograms: are they still the preserve of science fiction?

May 24, 2018

The fragile apparition endured only long enough to say: “Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” before flickering out. But R2D2’s 3D projection gave millions of young eyes, including mine, their first taste of holograms, and planted unrealistic expectations of a future playing dejarik, the gruesome game of holographic chess played on board the Millennium Falcon.

How China acquires 'the crown jewels' of U.S. technology

May 24, 2018

The U.S. government was well aware of China’s aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year, a company called Avatar Integrated Systems showed up at a bankruptcy court in Delaware hoping to buy the California chip-designer ATop Tech. ATop’s product was potentially groundbreaking -- an automated designer capable of making microchips that could power anything from smartphones to high-tech weapons systems.

Mysterious 'Planet Nine' gets more evidence from weird space rock

May 23, 2018

The solar system just got a bit stranger. As astronomers continue their ongoing quest to find the elusive Planet Nine, a team found a space rock that lends credence to the idea that a huge super-Earth planet really exists in the outer reaches of our solar system.

Sally Ride Is Getting Her Own Forever Stamp

May 23, 2018

Sally Ride did not know it at the time, there is no way she could have, but a photo that she autographed 35 years ago would provide the inspiration for her portrait on a new U.S. postage stamp. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on Wednesday (May 23) is set to honor the late astronaut, who i n 1983 became the first American woman to launch to space. The Forever-denomination issue marks only the second time in the USPS's history that an astronaut has been commemorated in such a way.

NASA wrestles with what to do with International Space Station after 2024

May 22, 2018

In a pair of hearings before Senate and House panels, NASA’s manager in charge of human spaceflight activities, the agency’s inspector general, and independent experts testified on the future of the International Space Station, and the White House’s plans to discontinue government funding of the orbiting research laboratory.

Survey Shows Workers Aren't Worried About Tech

May 22, 2018

Are you worried that technology will make your job obsolete? A new survey says most Metro Detroit workers don’t feel that way. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments conducted an online survey of people’s attitudes toward technology and new job skills.

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