technology

May 19, 2019

It’s almost as if Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos knew what was coming: His Blue Origin space venture is among 11 companies selected by NASA to conduct studies and produce prototypes of spacecraft that could carry astronauts down to the moon’s south polar region and back up by 2024.

May 16, 2019

In his 1798 An Essay on the Principle of Population, Thomas Malthus predicted that the world's population growth would outpace food production, leading to global famine and mass starvation. That hasn't happened yet. But a report from the World Resources Institute last year predicts that food producers will need to supply 56 percent more calories by 2050 to meet the demands of a growing population.

May 16, 2019

There's an argument to be made about some of the ways that Chinese tech innovators are gaining. But it's hard to dispute that the U.S. has a formidable competitor that is catching up in key technology sectors. Yes, China's tech titans have been acquiring high-tech companies in America's innovation hubs, subsidizing next-generation breakthroughs, favoring home-grown Chinese companies, recruiting highly skilled, western-educated engineers, and blocking American internet leaders from access.

May 16, 2019

President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order declaring a "national emergency" that would empower his administration to block foreign tech companies from doing business in the U.S. if they are deemed a national security threat. The order does not name any countries or companies, but the administration has launched a global campaign to keep the Chinese telecom Huawei from helping U.S. allies develop next-generation wireless infrastructures.

May 15, 2019

A sick girl in Delaware County is able to stay in school, thanks to modern technology. Teleconferencing is helping the kindergartner feel like she’s in the classroom, even when she’s learning for home.

May 15, 2019

China’s venture investments rose to $105 billion in 2018, nearly matching the U.S. at $111 billion, according to Preqin data. Several factors have contributed to the trend. The Chinese government has grand ambitions to make China a tech superpower, such as its Made in China 2025 policy initiative for building national companies into high-tech champions, and its Internet Plus plan to power up the mobile Internet and the Internet of Things.

May 15, 2019

Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley pushed legislation Tuesday that would make it more difficult for American tech companies to export their technology to China. Hawley’s bill, which has few details. would require President Donald Trump to restrict any technology to China that would contribute to the communist country’s military. The Republican’s legislature would also place heavy restrictions on technology that influences artificial intelligence, semiconductors, and robots. It also would restrict any kind of tech that China might use to violate human rights.

May 14, 2019

The U.S. is losing its advantage to China and other countries when it comes to innovations related to artificial intelligence, blockchain and other key technology, according to an analysis of patent filings over the past decade. While American inventors still command the largest portion of the nation’s patents, the percentage is dropping in the high-tech fields, according to a yearlong study conducted by the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and researchers at GreyB Services Pte.

May 14, 2019

The feature allows users to set a time limit for Google to retain certain types of data, either three months or 18 months, after which the information is automatically deleted. For now, the auto-delete feature is only available for “Web & App Activity,” which tracks things like your searches and other browsing data. The company will offer options across more services in the future, including highly anticipated controls for location data (there are other ways to turn that tracking off in the meantime).

May 13, 2019

A video of a seemingly real news anchor, reading a patently false script saying things like the "subways always run on time" and "New York City pizza is definitely not as good as Chicago" gives a whole new meaning to the term fake news. But that fake news anchor is a real example of a fascinating new technology with frightening potential uses.

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