America and China both want to be the technological leader of the 21st century. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a nation as the economic, military, cultural, or ideological leader while also being a tech laggard. Of the two, China has been more explicit in the goal, mainly through its “Made in China 2025” blueprint to dominate advanced industries such as robotics, information technology, and clean energy transport.
Artificial intelligence is an emerging field that provides new benefits and capabilities, according to Ed McLaughlin, MasterCard president of operations and technology, “I don’t think there’s a company, an industry, a country which isn’t interested in advancing artificial intelligence right now,” he told Liz Claman during a FOX Business interview on Wednesday.
When Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX were looking to make their Falcon 9 rocket even more powerful, they came up with a creative idea -- keep the propellant at super-cold temperatures to shrink its size, allowing them to pack more of it into the tanks. But the approach comes with a major risk, according to some safety experts.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says "privacy is a human right" and that internet users should be in control of their data. Nadella outlined the company's ethical principles Monday as he kicked off its annual conference for software developers. Nadella didn't mention Facebook's privacy scandals or the data collection practices of rival tech companies, but his comments at the Build conference in Seattle further staked out Microsoft's message that technology should be built for social good.
The White House on Thursday will host a summit with major technology companies to discuss the development of artificial intelligence (AI). In total, over 100 senior government officials, academics, research and business leaders will participate, according to the White House. Their talks will focus on AI research and development and regulations.
A lot of countries have included tech in basic and secondary school program to help students become more technologically literate. But sometimes school systems don’t pay much attention to the tech studies, and it often stays unfulfilled. There are still a lot of students and parents who don’t fully understand the meaning and purpose of it.
President Trump has made it a priority to rebuild America’s infrastructure. He proposes to devote $50 billion, which is 25 percent of new federal money, to improving infrastructure in rural America. This unprecedented commitment will stimulate at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments over the next decade.
J.P. Morgan Chase hired a veteran professor as head of artificial intelligence research as the investment bank prepares for wider adoption of automation.
Because AI systems get smarter as they analyze more data, when you get ahead by a month, you’re ahead by a year, and when you get ahead by a year, you’re ahead by a decade. China is quickly getting ahead by a year or more, which means it might not be catchable. While the West contemplates adding to the regulatory burden of tech companies, China has cleared the way for the likes of Tencent and Alibaba BABA, to innovate.
As a multiracial female scientist who grew up in rural Lynden, Whatcom County, Barber DeGraaff is committed to smashing the public’s stereotypical idea of who a scientist is. “In the sciences, we’re taught to be objective and above our biases, but we’re not,” she says. “To get more women into tech, the students need programs encouraging girls to get involved early, but another layer needs to be faculty awareness and fellow student awareness on discrimination and bias – both gender and race.”