Science & Technology

The Pentagon's New Ambassador to Silicon Valley Is Hawkish on China

September 30, 2018

Michael Brown, the former Symantec CEO who just became the new head of the Defense Innovation Unit, believes that the United States must act now to avoid further falling behind China in a tech race. In a recent interview, several of his goals and recommendations struck a very un-Trumpian tone.

Senators introduce the 'Artificial Intelligence in Government Act'

September 30, 2018

The bill aims to do a number of things, including establishing an AI in government advisory board, directing the White House Office of Management and Budget to look into AI as part of the federal data strategy, getting the Office of Personnel Management to look at what kinds of employee skills are necessary for AI competence in government and expanding “an office” at the General Services Administration that will provide expertise, do research and “promote U.S. competitiveness.”

SEC's Musk Lawsuit Highlights Dangers of Social Media Disclosures

September 28, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is suing Tesla CEO Elon Musk according to a Manhattan court docket. The suit alleges that Musk committed securities fraud. Shares of Tesla immediately dipped by roughly 4 percent after the news.

An Italian-Designed, American-Built Helicopter Will Replace US Air Force Hueys

September 27, 2018

Almost two decades after the U.S. Air Force started trying to replace the Vietnam-era helicopters that patrol missile fields and stand by to evacuate senior officials, the service announced Monday that it has placed an initial order of MH-139 helicopters with the team of Boeing and Italian defense firm Leonardo.

Survey raises worries about how screen time affects kids' brains

September 27, 2018

Nearly two out of three U.S. kids spend more than two hours a day looking at screens, a new analysis of activity levels finds. And those children perform worse on memory, language and thinking tests than kids who spend less time in front of a device, the study of over 4,500 8- to 11-year-olds shows.

Tech Giants Spend $80 Billion to Make Sure No One Else Can Compete

September 26, 2018

The splurge by tech companies is behind an upswing in capital-goods spending among big U.S. companies, which is seeing its fastest growth in years, according to a Credit Suisse analysis. The $80 billion tab also is a snapshot of why it’s tough to unseat the tech giants. How can a company hope to compete with Google’s driverless cars when it spends $20 billion a year to ensure it has the best laser-guided sensors and computer chips?

Home modems, routers hit by U.S. China tariffs as 'smart' tech goods escape

September 26, 2018

U.S. tariffs that hit some $200 billion worth of Chinese products on Monday spare many high-profile consumer technology items such as “smart” watches and speakers, but the less flashy home modems, routers and internet gateways that make them work weren’t so lucky.

What Is Quantum Computing?

September 26, 2018

Quantum computing leverages principles from quantum mechanics (a branch of physics), notably the unique behaviors of subatomic particles such as electrons and photons, to enable new, extremely powerful computing architectures.

Why the FCC Should Approve the Merger of Sprint and T-Mobile

September 26, 2018

The T-Mobile-Sprint merger advances innovative wireless broadband services, offers significant benefits that will ultimately flow to consumers, and presents few competition concerns. It offers significant scale and operational efficiencies that will help accelerate the transition to next-generation 5G networks, intensify competition, and bring numerous benefits to the economy.

Science educators need to talk about the identity of scientists

September 26, 2018

In the wake of the Wansink scandal, there have been renewed calls for reforming the methods and culture of scientific inquiry: open data to allow for outside verification of results, pretrial registration so researchers can’t sift through results to come up with post hoc conclusions. The intense pressure of academia’s “publish or perish” mantra is no longer seen as an engine of discovery, but rather a possible enemy of honest inquiry.

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