August 21, 2017

Lisa Strohman, a clinical psychologist and “technology wellness specialist,” says many kids really are addicted to their phones, their tablets, their technology.  She spoke about the issue earlier this summer at the annual conference of the National Association of Secondary School Principals in Philadelphia.

August 20, 2017

Over 150 years ago, British author Samuel Butler predicted the rise of artificial intelligence, calling for a “war to the death” against machines – and arguing that that “the time will come when the machines will hold the real supremacy over the world and its inhabitants.”

August 20, 2017

Martin Ford, author of the jeremiad The Rise of the Robots, warns of “75 percent unemployment by 2100.” Not to be outdone, tech policy gadfly Vivek Wadwa prognosticates that 80 to 90 percent of U.S. jobs will be eliminated in 10 to 15 years. But why settle for 75 percent or even 90 percent when you can pronounce all jobs dead, as Brookings’ Mike Rettig has intoned in a morose piece titled “Will the last human worker please turn out the lights?”

August 17, 2017

I have a theory that much recent tech development and innovation over the last decade or so has an unspoken overarching agenda. It has been about creating the possibility of a world with less human interaction. This tendency is, I suspect, not a bug--it’s a feature. We might think Amazon was about making books available to us that we couldn’t find locally--and it was, and what a brilliant idea--but maybe it was also just as much about eliminating human contact.

August 16, 2017

An atomic rocket has the potential to move more mass a much greater distance than traditional chemical propulsion. SpaceX will have its Falcon Heavy rocket in service within a year or two, making it the most powerful launch platform since the retirement of NASA’s Saturn V. But even the Falcon Heavy will only be able to lift 37,000 pounds (16,800 kg) to Mars.

August 15, 2017

China has sent an "unbreakable" code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realized, state media said on Thursday. China launched the world's first quantum satellite last August, to help establish "hack proof" communications, a development the Pentagon has called a "notable advance".

August 15, 2017

Like the leaders of these tech companies, Mattis is focused on acquiring more expertise in artificial intelligence. The difference is his goal: getting it into the U.S. military faster, to make it a "more lethal and more effective" fighting force. "Many of the advances [in AI] are out here in private companies," Mattis told reporters after touring the Mountain View, California, location of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental.

August 15, 2017

China criticized President Donald Trump’s order for a possible U.S. trade investigation of Beijing’s technology policies as a violation of global rules and said Tuesday it will “resolutely safeguard” Chinese interests.

August 15, 2017

Today (8/14) at the White House, President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum asking the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to investigate China’s laws, policies, practices, and actions. The President was joined by Secretary Wilbur Ross, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, and Director of the White House National Trade Council Peter Navarro.

August 14, 2017

Long relegated to the world of science fiction, lasers and rail guns are increasingly appearing in real life. Railguns use electromagnets to fire projectiles at supersonic speeds, while lasers fire pure energy bursts.