Science & Technology
Caught in a political echo chamber? Listening to the opposition can make partisanship even worse
Dwelling in a political echo chamber -- where you only encounter people who agree with you -- is hardly conducive to a healthy democracy. But it turns out that broadening your horizons by perusing opposing points of view on social media may just make the partisan divide worse.
NSF awards $60 million for next-generation supercomputer
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a $60 million award to fund the largest and most powerful supercomputer the agency has ever supported to serve the nation's science and engineering (S&E) research community. The new high-performance computing (HPC) system, to be called Frontera, will be located at the University of Texas at Austin's (UT Austin) Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).
The US and China are pushing to regulate big tech firms 'like national security companies,' analyst says
The U.S. and China may be at odds on trade, but both are lining up to crack down on big tech, according to an analyst. "I think this is actually wrapped up in the trade issue, which is around national security and tech companies," Michael Hessel, political economy analyst at Absolute Strategy Research, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Europe" on Thursday.
Chinese Surveillance Firm Builds Up Beltway Lobbying Muscle
A Chinese electronics company called Hikvision, partly owned by the Communist government, was one of several such firms banned from working for the U.S. government under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed into law by President Trump on Monday. Hikvision is reportedly assembling a powerhouse team of Washington lobbyists to fight back, a battle that pits the Chinese and American models of politicized economics against each other on America’s home turf.
Silicon Valley Takes a (Careful) Step Toward Autonomous Flying
“There are many things that must come to fruition before autonomous aircraft start flying people,” said Mark Groden, a co-founder and the chief executive of SkyRyse. “But we are developing the technology that can take us there.” Sikorsky, a subsidiary of the defense contractor Lockheed Martin, and Xwing, another Silicon Valley start-up, are fashioning similar technology.
Benchmarking State Government Websites
A detailed review of 400 state government websites finds that while some states have much better sites than others, every state has room to significantly improve so that it better serves the public with easy and secure access to e-government services and information.
New Collar Jobs Redefining Labor Day
TechForce Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on championing students to and through their technical education and into careers as professional transportation technicians, has launched its Because I'm a Tech campaign (hashtag #becauseimatech) to coincide with Labor Day. The campaign is designed to educate teens and parents that there's more than one road to success...
Children should have limited time on digital devices
These are interesting times we are living in. Gone are the days that children play outside for hours on end and are told to be home before the street lights come on. The days are also gone when children would rather play outside because they did not own any technology devices to occupy their time.
The Global Race to Space
Sixty years after NASA was formed, countries around the world have joined the space race, with an eye to putting a person on Mars. But experts say the future of space activity may rest with private corporations that are building their own products, launching commercial satellites and even exploring small missions. In spite of interplanetary probes like New Horizons, which have reached past Pluto, and successful robotic explorations of Mars, some scientists say progress isn't coming quickly enough.
Artificial Intelligence Is Now a Pentagon Priority. Will Silicon Valley Help?
In late June, the Pentagon announced the creation of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, or JAIC. Defense officials have not said how many people will be dedicated to the new program or where it will be based when it starts next month. It could have several offices around the country. The Defense Department wants to shift $75 million of its annual budget into the new office and a total of $1.7 billion over five years, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not allowed to speak about it publicly.