U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ambitious plan to regulate Facebook, Google and Amazon as utilities and roll back some of their biggest acquisitions, is a giant stake in the ground for the 2020 presidential campaign -- but is it realistic? Would it really have the desired impact on competition and consumers?
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Friday that she would take steps to break apart Google, Facebook and Amazon if elected. Why it matters: It's the most significant tech policy idea proposed on the presidential campaign trail so far, and in keeping with a moment where policymakers of both parties have grown skeptical of the power of big web platforms.
The initiative is a broad strategy “to sustain and enhance the scientific, technological, and economic leadership position of the United States in AI R&D and deployment.” But critics have complained it’s short on specific actions and lacks new funding to accomplish its goals, in contrast to China’s 2017 “Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan,” which allocated billions to establish China as the “premier global AI innovation center” by 2030.
For much of human history, innovation has been focused on improving survival rates and longevity, Gates writes in an introduction to the list. But “because we’re living longer, our focus is starting to shift toward well-being,” Gates writes. “We’ve reached a point where we’re tackling both ideas at once, and that’s what makes this moment in history so interesting.”
Huawei dominates the industry, it’s dogged by accusations of stealing rivals’ technology and it now finds itself atop the Trump administration’s hit list of companies to ban in North America and Europe.But for U.S. government and industry, one reality underlies the great Huawei debate: America has no corporate dog in this fight. The world’s top wireless networking companies are, in order of market share: Huawei; Nokia, of Finland; and Ericsson, of Sweden.
Low unemployment has made the current economy a “workers’ market.” Yet, as technology advances, roles in the workforce are shifting with it. As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) progress, they may impact workers currently employed in certain jobs. Some positions may be phased out, while other new professions may open.
Lawmakers have expressed concerns about the lack of diversity at tech companies, the use of facial recognition technology, discriminatory ads, the lack of rules for handling sensitive race data and how biased algorithms can lead to discrimination. “Tools like algorithms are being used to make decisions, like who gets a job or a loan, that deeply affect people’s lives,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chairwoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), who is chairing the hearing, said in a joint statement.
The U.S. is still out in front of global rivals when it comes to innovation, but American universities -- where new ideas often percolate -- have reason to look over their shoulder. That’s especially true for technologies like 5G phone networks and artificial intelligence. They’re exactly the fields where President Donald Trump recently insisted the U.S. has to lead -- and also the ones where Asia, especially China, has caught up.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced Monday that it has officially launched the National Quantum Coordination Office. The new office, a requirement for which was set out in the National Quantum Initiative Act that President Trump signed into law in December, will coordinate quantum efforts between agencies across the government.
Democrats in the U.S. Congress plan to unveil legislation on Wednesday to reinstate “net neutrality” rules that were repealed by the Trump administration in December 2017, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. Pelosi told lawmakers in a letter that House Democrats, who won control of the chamber in the November 2018 elections, would work with their colleagues in the U.S. Senate to pass the “Save The Internet Act.”