Science & Technology
Dems push FTC to investigate smart TVs over privacy concerns
Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) expressed concern that the technology can be tracking user behavior without a consumer knowing, in a letter to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons.
US officially lifts ban on Chinese telecom giant ZTE
The Trump administration on Friday officially lifted the ban on U.S. companies selling to Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE after it reached an agreement to revive the business.
'Exciting, Crucial' Time in AI Development, Official Tells Innovation Board
McCord pointed out the recent announcement of the creation of DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, or JAIC, saying it is an effort that is significant to the department and the country. “Structurally, we know that AI has the potential to be an enabling layer across nearly everything,” he said, explaining it means countless applications in daily life and could affect all areas of the department.
U.S. Army Setting Up Futures Command in Tech-Savvy Texas Capital
The new command will consolidate all Army efforts to prepare for war fighting, from planning to developing future combat systems. The Army had considered more than a hundred locations, but decided on Austin, Texas, since it is a growing tech hub close to top schools and affordable to live in.
Facility to lead in autonomous vehicle innovation, breaks ground
Ohio will be put on the fast track to autonomous vehicle testing and development in part to the new facility planned at the Transportation Research Center (TRC) in East Liberty. On Monday, the organization broke ground on phase one of their SMARTCenter. A facility for clients to test automated and connected vehicles.
T-Mobile and Sprint Chiefs Say Their Proposed Merger is Necessary Because of Global 5G Race With China
Legere argued that T-Mobile and Sprint need to combine their networks in order to develop 5G and keep the U.S. at head of the 5G race. “5G has to be nationwide,” Legere said. The hype surrounding 5G is increasingly hailed as the future of wireless and broadband connectivity.
New details about Apple's autonomous driving technology revealed in criminal complaint against ex-engineer
According to the complaint, about 5,000 of Apple's 135,000 employees (3.7 percent) are "disclosed on the Project," which Apple has never openly discussed. Of those employees, 2,700 are designated as "core employees" on the project, giving them access to certain databases. The term disclosed refers to people working on or knowledgeable of the company's efforts in autonomous driving and related technology.
Most Americans think funding science pays off
Forget all the ridicule heaped on treadmill-running shrimp. About 80 percent of U.S. adults think that government spending on medical research, engineering and technology, and basic science usually leads to meaningful advances, a new survey from the Pew Research Center shows. The nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization queried 2,537 people from April 23 to May 6.
How long would it take to cross the Milky Way at light speed?
The disk of our home galaxy - the Milky Way - is bigger than we previously thought. A new study shows it would take 200,000 years for a spaceship traveling at the speed of light to go across the entire galaxy.
China reliant on US core technology for some time, but so is the world
As the so-called ZTE incident enters the next phase, the line coming out of China has changed from bravado to humility. The Global Times lamented the “huge gap” in technology that would require “generations of arduous efforts to overcome”, while the Communist Party's Beijing Daily said China was “not amazing” in certain areas, a tongue-in-cheek reference to a recent propaganda film called Amazing China.