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Google announces $1B New York campus

December 19, 2018

Last week, Apple announced plans to invest $1 billion building a new Austin campus that will be home to 5,000 employees initially. This week, Google announced a $1 billion investment to build a new New York City campus called Google Hudson Square.

Project Maven Overseer Will Lead Pentagon’s New AI Center

December 18, 2018

Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, who oversaw the Pentagon’s controversial Project Maven artificial intelligence project, will lead its new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, or JAIC, according to Pentagon officials who spoke to Defense One on background and individuals directly familiar with the matter. The new JAIC will coordinate artificial intelligence research across the Department, and with government labs and private companies -- basically, it has a hand in everything the Pentagon creates related to AI.

Sci-Fi Promised Us Home Robots. So Where Are They?

December 18, 2018

Science fiction has promised us a whole lot of technology that it’s rudely failed to deliver--jetpacks, flying cars, teleportation. The most useful one might be the robot companion, à la Rosie from The Jetsons, a machine that watches over the home. It seemed like 2018 was going to be the year when robots made a big leap in that direction.

The WIRED Guide to 5G

December 17, 2018

The future depends on connectivity. From artificial intelligence and self-driving cars to telemedicine and mixed reality to as yet undreamt technologies, all the things we hope will make our lives easier, safer, and healthier will require high-speed, always-on internet connections.

US Air Force to launch 1st next-generation GPS satellite

December 17, 2018

Current civilian GPS receivers are accurate to within 10 to 33 feet (3 to 10 meters), depending on conditions, said Glen Gibbons, the founder and former editor of Inside GNSS, a website and magazine that tracks global navigation satellite systems. With the new satellites, civilian receivers could be accurate to within 3 to 10 feet (1 to 3 meters) under good conditions, and military receivers could be a little closer, he said.

Beijing eases back on 'Made in China 2025' amid trade talks with U.S.

December 17, 2018

China appears to be easing its high-tech industrial development push, dubbed "Made in China 2025," which has long irked the United States, amid talks between the two countries to reduce trade tensions, according to new guidance to local governments. Beijing has dropped references to "Made in China 2025," an initiative intended to help China catch up with global rivals in sophisticated technologies and promoted aggressively since 2015.

US Air Force: We're in 'danger' of falling behind China and Russia by 2025

December 17, 2018

The U.S. Air Force will fall behind Russia and China by 2025 unless the service quickly embarks upon a sizeable expansion of its fighting technologies, weapons arsenal and major attack platforms - to include new bombers, fighters, drones, rescue helicopters and more, senior service leaders suggest.

After 41 Years, Voyager 2 Probe Has Left the Solar System

December 16, 2018

After 41 years traveling through the solar system, NASA’s Voyager 2 probe has entered interstellar space. That makes it the second human artifact to leave our home behind to drift between the stars. You might be thinking this already happened, but that’s because the first object out of the solar system was the other Voyager. They’re both in interstellar space now, but they had very different journeys.

U.S. intelligence sounds the alarm on the quantum gap with China

December 16, 2018

For years, quantum computing, which leverages the difficult, and, to many, spooky science of quantum mechanics, has been a subject mostly of interest to the technical elite. Yet as scientists and now policymakers point to the rapid progress that China is making in the field, it’s the intelligence community that appears to be the most alarmed.

14 Predictions About The Future Of AI And VR

December 14, 2018

These days, staying up to date on cutting-edge technologies is critical to company relevancy. For example, recent advances in artificial intelligence and virtual reality have made major waves in the way some businesses operate. The company that knows about new tech earlier has a better chance of staying ahead of the curve and its competitors.

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