In late June, the Pentagon announced the creation of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, or JAIC. Defense officials have not said how many people will be dedicated to the new program or where it will be based when it starts next month. It could have several offices around the country.
John Holdren, Obama’s science adviser, called him “a very good pick.” Climate scientists such as Katherine Hayhoe and Judith Curry have expressed their approval. It’s rare we see Myron Ebell, who headed the EPA transition team, and Rush Holt, the head of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in emphatic agreement.
This caps off months of will-they-won’t-they from Republicans, many of whom view the two major Chinese telecoms as national security threats. In June, the Senate overwhelmingly passed an amendment that would have reinstated a trade ban on ZTE, potentially shutting down the company. The House, however, did not, and the big question was how the two chambers would find a compromise -- or if they would drop the matter entirely.
China’s complaints about the act come as the world’s two biggest economies engage in an increasingly bitter fight over trade, levying tariffs on each others’ products. U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $716-billion defense policy act on Monday that authorizes military spending and waters down controls on U.S. government contracts with China’s ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd .
The final version of an annual defense policy bill would set new authorities for the Department of Defense to deter and respond to attacks in cyberspace, including establishing the first U.S. policy on cyber warfare. Following House and Senate negotiations, a conference report on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) released Monday says the United States should be able to use every option on the table, including offensive cyber capabilities.
President Trump signed legislation Tuesday that renews a federal workforce development program, sending $1.2 billion a year to states but with fewer requirements from Washington on how to spend the money and assess the success of programs. The legislation drew bipartisan support.
It is no surprise that looming tariffs have impacted global markets. The U.S. imposed tariffs on a number of foreign goods, and the rest of the world responded. The markets, bearing the potential for a trade war, have volleyed based off this news, and several sectors could face potential losses. Not all industries, however, face negative futures as a result of these tariffs. Some are set to thrive.
Trump, who said she is passionate about workforce development, views programs like P-TECH as a way to address a problem facing many employers: The lack of skilled workers to fill positions. "There are so many job opportunities, and many of those job opportunities don't require four-year degrees," she said.
The “affirmative action” racial policies were discarded on Tuesday, just before Independence Day. “Such [racial] policies are outrageously wrong,” says Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO), a nonprofit think tank which studies civil rights, immigration, and integration.
President Trump on Wednesday declined to impose executive actions to limit investments in American technology from foreign countries such as China, instead deferring to Congress to update the review process. The announcement followed reports earlier in the week that the administration was preparing rules to block China, in particular, from making significant investments in sensitive U.S. technologies.