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The US needs to copy China's tech strategy to remain the top economy in the world

November 24, 2019

While it is critical for President Trump and US allies to eventually succeed in getting the Chinese to discontinue unfair practices like steal intellectual property it is also naïve to believe that doing so will be enough for the United States to win the race to be the global leader in the industries of the future.

How to Respond to the Rise of China

November 24, 2019

China’s economic performance over the past 40 years has been nothing short of miraculous. In 1978, when Deng Xiao-ping became chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP, China’s GDP was about $150 billion in constant US dollars, according to the World Bank. Last year, 40 years after the transformation Deng initiated in China, its GDP in constant US dollars had soared to over $13 trillion dollars, a rate of growth of roughly 10% a year. In recent years, this growth rate has slowed to around 6%, but the overall rise of China’s economy has been simply astonishing.

What jobs are affected by AI? Better-paid, better-educated workers face the most exposure

November 24, 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) has generated increasing interest in “future of work” discussions in recent years as the technology has achieved superhuman performance in a range of valuable tasks, ranging from manufacturing to radiology to legal contracts. With that said, though, it has been difficult to get a specific read on AI’s implications on the labor market.

US Is Moving Too Slowly to Harness Drones and AI, Former SOCOM Commander Says

November 22, 2019

It’s been more than a decade since Adm. Mike Mullen, then-Joint Chiefs chairman, predicted that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would be the last manned fighter jet. Now, years later, the Pentagon needs to do more to move to a robotic force, says a recently retired commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.

NASA Needs Sharper Leadership to Get to the Moon, Let Alone Mars

November 21, 2019

Two longtime spaceflight experts told a group of congressional representatives that NASA needed stronger leadership to meet its ambitious 2024 lunar-landing goal, much less to put humans on Mars. That testimony came during a meeting of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology's space and aeronautics subcommittee held on Wednesday (Nov. 13).

China's Lead in the AI War Won't Last Forever

November 21, 2019

...there are lingering questions about whether even smart authoritarian regimes can stay at the cutting edge of innovation while restricting the free flow of information, maintaining a rigidly hierarchical system and enforcing political orthodoxy within its universities. “Until and unless China relaxes its draconian political controls,” writes David Shambaugh, one of America’s leading experts on China, “it will never become an innovative society and a ‘knowledge economy.’”

House committee advances legislation to improve broadband mapping

November 21, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees broadband policy, on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act, which would require the government to collect granular information about which areas in the U.S. have access to high-speed internet and which do not.

Legendary Meteor Outburst May Occur Thursday Night. Here's What to Know

November 20, 2019

Put a big red circle on your calendar for Thursday night (Nov. 21), for skywatchers will be out in force, anxiously waiting for and hoping to get a view of a meteor shower that almost nobody has heard of. But the Alpha Monocerotids are this autumn's skywatching wild card.

The United States once again kicks the Huawei can down the road

November 20, 2019

The Department of Commerce has again extended the temporary general license allowing American companies to sell to Huawei, the embattled Chinese tech company. The existing temporary license was set to expire Monday. The announcement is good news for Huawei and for American tech companies who rely on it as a key customer. The Commerce Department also said the extension is largely designed to help the rural US wireless providers who use Huawei's inexpensive equipment in their networks.

NASA Installs Final RS-25 Space Shuttle Engine on SLS Core

November 19, 2019

NASA is heading back to the moon, and it’s planning to use the long-delayed Space Launch System (SLS) to get there. The agency is working to assemble the first SLS rocket, which will be the most powerful in the world upon completion. Some of that power will come from four RS-25 engines on the core stage. If they look familiar, that’s because the RS-25 has a storied history in NASA’s Space Shuttle program, having first debuted in the 1970s. Now, NASA has just finished installing them on the SLS.

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