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Russia Claims It Now Has Lasers To Shoot Satellites

March 05, 2018

Independent and Western observers have not yet verified the claim. But the Russian program does exist. Last April, Almaz-Antey general designer Pavel Sozinov told Russian news agency Ria Novosti that Russian leadership had ordered the company to develop weapons that could interfere electronically with or achieve “direct functional destruction of those elements deployed in orbit.”

How will artificial intelligence affect employment and education?

March 05, 2018

I’m skeptical of arguments that technology will have severe detrimental effects on employment for many reasons. But one reason is this: If artificial intelligence (AI) turns out to be as powerful as the worriers say, won’t it be good at finding new nonobvious tasks for humans and also training them for these new occupations?

The New Arms Race in AI

March 05, 2018

Four years ago, planners at the Pentagon reviewed estimates of China’s growing military investments with what one called a “palpable sense of alarm.” China, the planners determined, was making advances that would erode America’s military might--its ability to project power far from its shores. [wsj subscription required]

Qualcomm just gave us a blueprint for how Android will beat the iPhone X next year

March 04, 2018

Qualcomm had a laundry list of ways that the Snapdragon 845 is the best processor ever, but you just need to watch this 90-second teaser video to get a good idea of what Qualcomm is focusing on. Gone are the days of boasting about next-gen graphics -- that’s a given for any top-of-the-line device. Instead, Qualcomm is stressing battery life, image processing, natural-language processing, a built-in architecture to handle new AI engines, and VR.

Elon Musk responds to Harvard professor Steven Pinker's comments on A.I.: 'Humanity is in deep trouble'

March 04, 2018

In sum, Pinker is widely regarded as a brilliant, accomplished man. And that's why billionaire tech titan Elon Musk says he is so disturbed by what he sees as Pinker's lack of understanding of artificial intelligence. If Pinker doesn't have a grasp of AI, "humanity is in deep trouble," Musk says on Twitter.

Elon Musk: Robots will take your jobs, government will have to pay your wage

March 02, 2018

Computers, intelligent machines, and robots seem like the workforce of the future. And as more and more jobs are replaced by technology, people will have less work to do and ultimately will be sustained by payments from the government, predicts Elon Musk, the iconic Silicon Valley futurist who is the founder and CEO of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX.

World's Biggest Plane Taxis Closer to Takeoff

March 01, 2018

In runway tests conducted on Sunday (Feb. 25) at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, Stratolaunch achieved a taxi speed of 46 mph (74 km/h), according to a tweet posted on Feb. 26 by Paul Allen, founder of Stratolaunch Systems Corp. and co-founder of Microsoft. Stratolaunch, which weighs about 500,000 lbs. (227,000 kilograms), can carry a payload of up to 550,000 lbs. (250,000 kg).

Trump's Facebook Engagement Declined By 45 Percent Following Algorithm Change

March 01, 2018

In January, Facebook introduced a major change to its newsfeed algorithm. In a post, CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed that the change aimed to give greater emphasis to posts from “friends, family and groups” and less to “businesses, brands and media.” The change was followed by a promise to promote what Facebook calls “broadly trusted” news sources on the platform.

Microsoft's Supreme Court Case Has Big Implications For Data

March 01, 2018

U.S. v. Microsoft, which hinges on a law passed decades before the modern internet came into existence, could have broad consequences for how digital communications are accessed by law enforcement, and for the nearly $250 billion cloud-computing industry. "The case is hugely important, it has implications for the future of the internet," says Jennifer Daskal, a former Justice Department official who now teaches at American University Washington College of Law.

These Amazon HQ2 finalist cities could have an edge on the competition, according to experts

February 28, 2018

"A highly educated labor pool is critical and a strong university system is required," the RFP reads, adding that the location should have "the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent." A new study from the Brookings Institution looks at which of Amazon's top 20 cities surpass that criteria. Analyzing the 100 largest metros, the researchers found the locations with the highest percentages of college graduates ages 25 to 34 in 2015.

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