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Apple's Chinese iCloud is one battle in 'a bigger tech trade war'

February 28, 2018

The move by Apple to host Chinese users' iCloud accounts in a new data center in China -- one that is compelled by new laws -- is part of a bigger, ongoing technology trade war between the world's two biggest economies, said the head of investment research at a data analysis company.

Silicon Valley faces make or break moment amid big tech backlash

February 28, 2018

For years, tech giants and their CEOs could count on glowing praise and friendly media coverage that hyped up just how much their products would change the world. Those changes are now the subject of growing skepticism from politicians, academics and that same media. Election meddling, concerns about privacy and questions about technology's role in our daily lives have muddied the waters for the Silicon Valley giants, which now face tough questions and scrutiny like they've never seen before.

Peter Thiel Is a Flawed Messenger With a Crucial Message for Tech

February 27, 2018

Peter Thiel, never one to keep a low profile, made his most recent set of waves with reports that he is prepared to decamp from Silicon Valley to more benign haunts in Los Angeles along with several of his companies. His rationale, according to a piece in the Wall Street Journal, is that the Valley is now a politically intolerant culture, left-leaning in the extreme and to the exclusion of any contrarian viewpoints; any culture so unable to consider alternative viewpoints, the thinking continues, will stifle innovation.

Join a Live 24-Hour Video Conversation March 1 on the Future With Futurists From Around the World Hosted by The Millennium Project

February 26, 2018

On March 1, World Future Day, five international futurist organizations will come together to conduct a 24-hour conversation about the world’s potential futures, challenges and opportunities. This online video conference is open to the public. This global conversation will be moving across the world with people entering and leaving the conversation whenever they want.

China's tech industry is catching up with Silicon Valley

February 26, 2018

For years Silicon Valley dismissed Chinese tech firms--first as an irrelevance, then as industrial spies and copycats. Most recently China has been seen as a tech Galapagos, where unique species thrive than would never spread abroad. But as our Schumpeter column explains this week, China’s technology industry has been catching up far faster than expected.

12 Ways To Be Successful In Today's Technology Industry

February 26, 2018

Technology is trending on all fronts in 2018. The leap to artificial intelligence is making headlines, big data is getting bigger, and wearables are moving to new industries at a feverish pace -- these are only a few of the technology trends that you need to remain aware of during the next few years.

SpaceX Launches First Satellites to Extend Broadband Coverage

February 25, 2018

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 with a payload that could be significant in the long term. The primary mission was to put Paz, a satellite operated by Hisdesat and intended for Earth observations, in orbit. The other two satellites are the first broadband satellites SpaceX has developed for Project Starlink.

The Robots Are Coming To The Workplace. What you need to know.

February 25, 2018

In the history of business and manufacturing, automation has become commonplace. In many ways, people have been replaced by machines in the manufacturing, retail, restaurant, and corporate settings. At the same time, opportunities have arisen for employees who specialize in programming, engineering, and maintenance of machines in all areas of commerce and industry.

AI in China: Cutting Through the Hype

February 25, 2018

China is a rising power in artificial intelligence. This white paper, a collaboration between Eurasia Group and Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, a leading AI researcher and founder of Sinovation Ventures, provides an in-depth view of China's AI sector, detailing where it lags and where it is leap-frogging ahead of the United States in the most important technology race of the 21st century.

Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising human rights fears

February 25, 2018

Human rights activists say they fear the authorities could use that power to track down dissidents, citing cases from more than a decade ago in which Yahoo Inc handed over user data that led to arrests and prison sentences for two democracy advocates. Jing Zhao, a human rights activist and Apple shareholder, said he could envisage worse human rights issues arising from Apple handing over iCloud data than occurred in the Yahoo case.

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