Science & Technology

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.

Trump signs directive aimed at sending Americans back to moon

December 12, 2017

President Trump in a White House ceremony on Monday signed a new directive aimed at sending U.S. astronauts back to the moon -- one that, while short on details, the administration insisted will restore the U.S. to its role as a leader in space exploration and help spur job growth.

Astronomers Studying 'Super-Earth' Exoplanet Find A Bonus Planet

December 11, 2017

Scientists used to wonder how common planets were throughout the universe, and now we know. They’re extremely common. They’re so common, in fact, it’s possible just to find another one while you’re trying to gather data on the one you already knew about. That’s what happened when astronomers recently turned their attention to the star K2-18. They found a bonus planet.

The Pentagon's new tech focus: micro-electronics, hypersonics, and cyber

December 11, 2017

Department of Defense officials are working to shift focus onto research and development that fosters U.S. military dominance in emerging areas, such as hardened micro-electronics, hypersonics, and offensive and defensive cyber.

Federal agencies need to improve how they collect tech diversity data, report says

December 11, 2017

Given the lack of diversity and reports of hostility and discrimination, Congressperson Bobby Scott called on the Government Accountability Office to conduct a report that examines diversity, inclusion, hiring and discrimination in the tech industry. The GAO’s takeaway is that federal agencies need to improve their oversight of tech companies and diversity data collection methods.

The U.S. Military Has a Plan to Make Sure Russia and China Can't Win a Great Power War

December 10, 2017

America’s military-technological advantage, an aspect of its strategic power since the end of the Cold War, is eroding. In response, the Pentagon launched the third offset strategy in 2014--a department-wide effort to find new ways, both technological and institutional, to leap ahead of its competitors.

Text Messaging Is Now 25 Years Old

December 07, 2017

Be prepared to feel ancient -- the first text message is 25 years old. Engineer Neil Papworth sent the first SMS on December 3rd, 1992, when he wrote "merry Christmas" on a computer and sent it to the cellphone of Vodafone director Richard Jarvis. It was a modest start, but it ultimately changed technology and even social norms.

Why (most) future robots won't look like robots

December 07, 2017

Future robots won’t be limited to humanoid form (like Boston Robotics’ formidable backflipping Atlas). They’ll be invisibly embedded everywhere in common objects. Such as a shoe that can intelligently support your gait, change stiffness as you’re running or walking, and adapt to different surfaces -- or even help you do backflips.

How Technology-Based Start-Ups Support U.S. Economic Growth

December 07, 2017

The number of technology-based start-ups surged 47 percent in the last decade. These firms still account for a relatively small share of all businesses, but they have an outsized impact on economic growth, because they provide better-paying, longer-lasting jobs than other start-ups, and they contribute more to innovation, productivity, and competitiveness.

China's internet industry second only to US, Beijing-backed study says

December 06, 2017

China ranks second only to the United States in terms of internet development and innovation, but among the worst on cybersecurity and industry infrastructure, according to a survey of 38 countries by a Beijing-backed think tank.

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