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Will artificial intelligence become conscious?

January 01, 2018

Forget about today’s modest incremental advances in artificial intelligence, such as the increasing abilities of cars to drive themselves. Waiting in the wings might be a groundbreaking development: a machine that is aware of itself and its surroundings, and that could take in and process massive amounts of data in real time.

Trump designates 5G as national US priority

December 21, 2017

US President Donald Trump’s administration highlighted 5G deployments as a national priority, naming them as a key factor in improving domestic infrastructure and boosting the economy. In particular, the administration flagged “improvements in bandwidth, better broadband connectivity and protection from persistent cyberattacks” as necessary to support future economic growth.

Why don't we have a 'Star Wars' hyperdrive yet?

December 21, 2017

With the opening of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" on Dec. 15, more than likely you're going to see at least one ship using hyperspace drive to travel faster than the speed of light. It's a staple of the "Star Wars" universe, dating back to the first movie in 1977, when Han Solo and his trusty band of renegades zipped between stars using the Millennium Falcon.

Major tech trade association backs GOP tax bill

December 19, 2017

A major trade association representing the technology industry on Monday announced its formal support for the final version of the GOP tax bill. The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) said in a letter to members of Congress that it believes the bill will benefit the technology industry.

FCC votes to repeal net neutrality rules

December 15, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to repeal its landmark net neutrality protections, capping off a months-long campaign by the agency’s Republicans to deregulate the broadband industry. The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines Thursday to scrap its 2015 Open Internet Order as Democratic lawmakers and dozens of activists protested outside.

Wireless Education warns of cell phone health hazards

December 14, 2017

The general public is aware of the well documented dangers of tobacco products, drugs, and alcohol, but what about cell phones? That was the central question at the screening and discussion of the documentary, “Generation Zapped,” at the Shrewsbury Public Library on Thursday, December 7. The event was held by Wireless Education, a non-profit dedicated to providing information to parents and consumers so they can make conscious decisions about how they use WiFi technology.

5 'Star Wars' technologies now moving from make-believe to reality

December 14, 2017

As the latest installment of the "Star Wars" saga hits theaters this week, audiences will once again journey into a futuristic world of spaceships, humanoid robots, and laser weapons. But some of the make-believe technology seen in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and its predecessors is a lot closer to reality than you might think.

White House unveils report on modernizing government IT

December 14, 2017

The White House released a report Wednesday on modernizing the government's information technology, urging agencies to move to cloud storage. The report also outlined general steps the government should take to ramp up its modernization efforts.

How Tech Companies Could Keep the Workforce Alive

December 12, 2017

Jobs in industries such as food services, transportation, and retail trade are at high risk of being automated, forcing workers to gain new skills to compete for well-paying jobs. From Google’s self-driving cars to Apple’s communication technology to Amazon’s retail model, automation is becoming more and more pervasive. As communities across the U.S. witness growing gaps between the skills that workers have and the ones that employers need, workers will need training.

China Is On a Whole-of-Nation Push for AI. The US Must Match It

December 12, 2017

China has made no secret of its ambitions to lead the world in artificial intelligence, nor of the military and geopolitical advantage it hopes to gain from this rapidly advancing technology. A closer look at Beijing’s whole-of-nation AI strategy shows the challenge to the United States -- and suggests what America must do lest it be eclipsed in this latest round of great-power competition.

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