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Project Maven Is Just the Beginning of the Military's Use of AI

July 02, 2018

A top Air Force general said the military needs to expand its use of artificial intelligence -- like that being used in the controversial Project Maven effort -- if it wants to stay ahead of peer competitors and deter war. Gen. James Holmes, who leads Air Combat Command, is among the first flag officers to publicly defend the Pentagon’s algorithmic-image-analysis program since Google said it would not renew its contract following an outcry by its employees.

Floating IBM Robot Ships Out to International Space Station

July 02, 2018

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in the wee hours Friday morning. The unmanned mission will bring new supplied and instruments to the station, along with something a bit… different. A floating robotic head called CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) will soon be buzzing around the ISS.

Facebook says it gave companies 'one-time' access to user data after restricting information in 2015

July 02, 2018

Facebook has admitted that it gave dozens of companies access to its users’ data after saying it had restricted access to such data back in 2015, the latest wrinkle in a firestorm over how the social network manages user information.

Who should get to decide what's ethical as technology advances?

July 01, 2018

Technology is ripe with ethical dilemmas. New tech usually comes with more power and more advanced capabilities; we might be able to reshape the world in new, innovative ways, or we might expose the human mind to conditions it’s never experienced before.

Here's How China Is Achieving Global Semiconductor Dominance

July 01, 2018

Developing a world-class semiconductor industry is a cornerstone of the “Made in China 2025” industrial strategy and numerous technology industry plans. It serves economic development and military modernization agendas. Yet, after years of being blocked from acquiring the capability overseas, the Chinese government appears to be adapting, deploying a “by all means necessary” strategy to achieve self-sufficiency in semiconductor R&D and production.

US Retakes Supercomputing Crown, But China Has Far More of Them

June 28, 2018

The US has regained its crown of owning the world’s fastest supercomputer--the machines that can achieve medical and scientific breakthroughs thanks to their enormous processing power--for the first time in six years. But China’s leaving the US in the dust when it comes to their respective shares of the world’s top supercomputers.

Man charged with illegally exporting anti-submarine devices to China

June 28, 2018

Shuren Qin, a permanent resident of the United States living in Massachusetts, was purportedly tasked in 2015 by the Xi'an-based Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU) -- which authorities call a "Chinese military research institute" -- to "obtain items used for anti-submarine warfare from the United States."

Trump backs off investment restrictions on China

June 28, 2018

President Trump on Wednesday declined to impose executive actions to limit investments in American technology from foreign countries such as China, instead deferring to Congress to update the review process. The announcement followed reports earlier in the week that the administration was preparing rules to block China, in particular, from making significant investments in sensitive U.S. technologies.

American Tech Manufacturer Accuses Chinese Company of Stealing Secrets amid Brewing Trade War

June 28, 2018

In documents filed last December in Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, Micron claimed that designs for its memory chips were stolen after rejecting an acquisition and multiple partnership offers from Chinese tech companies. Micron said Taiwanese company UMC and China’s FJICC colluded in the theft of valuable trade secrets.

U.S. Trade Advisor: No Plans to Restrict Investment from China

June 27, 2018

Peter Navarro, one of Trump's top trade advisors said that the US currently has no plans to impose investment restrictions on any countries, according to a report by CNBC on Tuesday. Navarro’s comments came after news reports that had Wall Street reeling over the prospect that the US could prevent companies that had at least 25% Chinese ownership from buying businesses that possessed "industrially significant technology", the report says.

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