A top American IT industry advocacy group today (4/18) called for improving upon the existing H-1B visa system, the most sought-after by Indian IT firms and professionals, saying it makes US companies competitive and drives innovation in the country.
On the campaign trail, Trump often railed against the H-1B visa, a nonimmigrant visa that lets U.S. companies employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. The H-1B has been a favorite of the tech industry, and tech leaders are anxious to keep it. But a recent research paper estimated the use of the visa had suppressed overall tech industry wages by up to 5.1 percent.
You might want to take another look at that computer gathering dust in your attic. Auction house Bonhams has curated a list of ten “antique” technology gadgets, “whose value often goes unnoticed by owners,” according to home services app Handy, which commissioned the initiative as a guide for Americans to spot valuable pieces of technology squirreled away in their homes.
Hyperloop One is seriously considering building its high-speed transit system in several states in the United States. The Los Angeles-based startup held a two-day event in Washington DC this week to showcase its "Vision in America."
There are few restrictions on investing in American start-ups that focus on artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles and robotics, the report contends, and China has taken advantage. Beijing, the report says, is encouraging its companies to invest for the purpose of pushing the country ahead in its strategic competition with the United States.
Chinese companies are investing billions of dollars in Western startups, which are working on the latest technology. According to Dodwell, director of the Hong Kong Trade Policy Group and a representative of the APEC Business Council, contrary to the naive notions in the West, China is moving toward global technological dominance.
For the third year in a row, Washington, D.C., came out on top -- proving to have one of the smallest gender pay gaps in the country. The capitol city also has a relatively large percentage of female employees in tech, at about 41%. Though the study didn't delve into the reasons that D.C.
It’s no secret that Cisco Systems, Samsung and SAP have recently established a presence north of the border, but now it appears that Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook are all also considering their options. If this tire-kicking becomes a trend, it will compromise America’s ability to remain a global leader in technology.
The research, by accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, found 30 percent of UK jobs could face automation compared to 38 percent in the United States, 35 percent in Germany, and 21 percent in Japan. Researchers, however, said this wouldn't necessarily lead to less employment as jobs may change rather than disappear.
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