Science & Technology

How should the US legislate data privacy?

August 05, 2018

In recent months, new privacy rules have gone into effect in the European Union and have been adopted by state of California. Is it time for U.S. privacy legislation at the federal level? On July 26, the Center for Technology Innovation hosted a panel of experts from think tanks, industry, and trade groups to consider this question.

China set to leapfrog US in the AI race

August 05, 2018

China’s progress towards its goal of becoming the world’s leader in AI by the year 2025 remains unchecked. While its efforts still lag behind the US, thanks to the likes of Google and Microsoft, there’s an alarming amount of research indicating the gap is shrinking.

Cargo Bases in Space: Air Force General Wants Them Within a Decade

August 03, 2018

Within a decade, U.S. troops may get some supplies from prepositioned stocks in space -- if the Air Force’s mobility commander can make his vision come true. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II is already talking with SpaceX and other space-services companies about that and other space-related initiatives, the leader of Air Force Mobility Command told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast Thursday.

Apple just hit a $1 trillion market cap

August 02, 2018

Apple hit a market cap of $1 trillion on Thursday, as the iPhone maker became the first publicly traded U.S. company to reach the valuation. The stock rose nearly 3 percent after a strong fiscal third-quarter earnings report earlier this week, briefly hitting a session high of $207.05 in midday trading before falling back below $207.

Sen. Warner eyes options for crackdown on tech giants

August 02, 2018

The paper addresses the most pressing concerns critics have raised about tech companies in recent months: the spread of disinformation, protecting users' privacy and competition among tech companies, according to Axios.

Where does Earth's atmosphere end and space begin?

August 02, 2018

If astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell's calculations are correct, the cosmic boundary where the laws of airspace suddenly give way to the laws of orbital space might be a lot closer than we think -- a full 12 miles closer than previous estimates suggest.

Senate sends $717B defense policy bill to Trump's desk

August 02, 2018

The Senate approved the compromise fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a 87-10 vote, sending it to Trump’s desk for his expected signature and keeping it on track to become law before the start of the fiscal year for the first time since the fiscal 1997 bill.

Who Lost China?

August 01, 2018

After World War II, the American foreign-policy establishment was caught up in an intense debate: “Who lost China?” Someone had to be blamed for Mao’s takeover. Today we are hearing the stirrings of a new debate: “Who lost China a second time?” China is marching toward global technological leadership and increasingly challenges the United States both economically and militarily in what Michael Lind has termed Cold War II. Who was responsible for letting this happen?

Paid Prioritization: Why We Should Stop Worrying and Enjoy the "Fast Lane"

August 01, 2018

Policymakers should not write off a permissive prioritization regime in net neutrality legislation. With simple rules, paid prioritization can make the Internet work much better for some services without making others worse off or harming the Internet’s characteristic openness.

Pentagon Delays Space Force Report

August 01, 2018

The delay comes one day after Defense One published details from a draft of the report, which was slated to go to Congress on Aug. 1. The draft says the Pentagon will in coming months create a combatant command for space warfighting, a joint office to buy new satellites and develop new technology, and a corps of space experts from across the military.

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