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Artificial Intelligence: Why now?

July 27, 2017

For the last 35 years Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been promising much yet not delivering outside of the academic world. So what exactly is AI? There is actually a fair bit of confusion about even the definition of AI, and here I would like to take Gartner’s viewpoint, avoiding marketing terms like ‘cognitive’ in that AI stands for “Amazing Innovation”.

Foxconn Announces U.S. Manufacturing Plant in Wisconsin

July 27, 2017

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Wednesday announced plans to build a $10 billion LCD display panel screen plant in Wisconsin, a deal President Donald Trump asserted would not have happened without his efforts. The company said it plans to invest $10 billion over four years to build a 20-million square foot plant that could eventually employ up to 13,000.

US launches largest-ever warship: What does it mean for Asia?

July 27, 2017

The United States has just sent "a 100,000-ton message to the world," says US President Donald Trump. The message comes in the form of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, a $13 billion behemoth commissioned into the US Navy's fleet on Saturday.

NASA unveils 2018 launch targets for private spaceships built by Boeing, SpaceX

July 26, 2017

Both NASA and the two companies developing commercial crew vehicles say those efforts remain on schedule for test flights that are in some cases less than a year away. NASA published July 20 what it called "the most recent publicly-releasable dates" of the test flights of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon vehicles.

Visualizing the Next 100 Years of Solar Eclipses

July 26, 2017

The Washington Post has created an interactive data visualization illustrating historical and upcoming paths of total solar eclipses across the world. On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the contiguous United States. It’ll be the first to traverse coast to coast in nearly a century. There will be 69 total solar eclipses visible from somewhere on the planet in the next 100 years, but only a few will be visible from North America. See how many total solar eclipses are left in your lifetime.

The biggest names in tech are spending record lobbying fees--here's what they want

July 25, 2017

The biggest names in tech, including Google, Amazon, and Apple, spent more this quarter attempting to influence the U.S. government than ever before, according to public lobbying records. The tech giants spent more than $15 million lobbying between April 1 and June 30, with Google topping the list at $5.93 million.

Should America's Tech Giants Be Broken Up?

July 24, 2017

Alphabet Inc.’s Google gets about 77 percent of U.S. search advertising revenue. Google and Facebook Inc. together control about 56 percent of the mobile ad market. Amazon takes about 70 percent of all e-book sales and 30 percent of all U.S. e-commerce. Taplin pegs Facebook’s share of mobile social media traffic, including the company’s WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram units, at 75 percent.

Solar Eclipse day craziness could resemble the zombie apocalypse -- Are you ready?

July 24, 2017

While you may have thought to grab eclipse-viewing glasses or make hotel reservations, the massive crowds expected all along the eclipse path could present challenges you haven't considered.

Alphabet's X announces Glass Enterprise Edition, a hands-free device for hands-on workers

July 24, 2017

Glass Enterprise Edition (EE) -- an augmented-reality device targeted mainly to hands-on workers. Glass EE is an improved version of the “Explorer Edition” -- an experimental 2013 corporate version of the original Glass product. On January 2015, the Enterprise team in X quietly began shipping the Enterprise Edition to corporate solution partners like GE and DHL.

Is China's $150 billion check for the AI industry enough to catch up to the U.S.?

July 23, 2017

China sees artificial intelligence dominating our future, and it's willing to bet $150 billion to make sure it doesn't get left behind. The Chinese government on Friday announced a major push into the field of artificial intelligence, declaring it would create a $150 billion domestic AI industry by 2030.

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