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China 'has taken the gloves off' in its thefts of US technology secrets

November 26, 2018

“They want technology by hook or by crook. They want it now. The spy game has always been a gentleman’s game, but China has taken the gloves off,” said John Bennett, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco office, which battles economic spies targeting Silicon Valley. “They don’t care if they get caught or if people go to jail. As long as it justifies their ends, they are not going to stop.”

Which Nations Really Lead in Industrial Robot Adoption?

November 26, 2018

Robots improve productivity and boost competitiveness, but the United States and Western Europe trail southeast Asia and parts of Eastern Europe in robot adoption, when controlling for wage levels. ITIF examined 27 nations and found the United States ranks 16th, with South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, China, and Taiwan ranking as the top five. To restore U.S. competitiveness, America needs policies that will accelerate robot adoption.

Local law enforcement using mysterious new tool to unlock cellphones

November 25, 2018

Law enforcement agencies are using a mysterious new tool to unlock criminal suspects’ cellphones and access their text messages, emails and voice messages. Some agencies around the country, concerned about security, are not even acknowledging use of the devices.

All systems go for Mars InSight landing: Here's how to watch online and in person

November 25, 2018

After a 300 million-mile, six-month interplanetary cruise, NASA’s Mars InSight robotic lander is heading for a plain-vanilla arrival at the Red Planet on Monday — and the team behind the mission couldn’t be more pleased.

This Inventor May Have Cured Motion Sickness Without Drugs. And That Could Mean a Lot to the US Military

November 25, 2018

An inventor may have discovered a non-pharmaceutical cure for car sickness that could revolutionize the way people experience everything from travel to the newest virtual-reality headsets. That, in turn, could affect how the military trains, fights, and navigates.

5 Q's for Achin Bhowmik, CTO of Starkey Hearing Technologies

November 25, 2018

The Center for Data Innovation spoke with Achin Bhowmik, chief technology officer of Starkey Hearing Technologies, a hearing aid company based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Bhowmik discussed how AI can improve hearing aid technology, as well how Starkey’s hearing aid uses sensors and AI to track physical and cognitive health.

Video: Adding AI to hearing aids
Video: Smart Hearing Aids, by Achin Bhowmik, CTO at Starkey Hearing Technologies

The U.S. Could Regulate AI in the Name of National Security

November 21, 2018

The U.S. does know that it doesn’t want other countries using its own AI against it. A new proposal published Monday by the Commerce Department lists wide areas of AI software that could potentially require a license to sell to certain countries. These categories are as broad as “computer vision” and “natural language processing.” It also lists military-specific products like adaptive camouflage and surveillance technology.

NOAA's GOES-17 Satellite Reaches Final Location, Sends Back Awesome Images

November 20, 2018

In order to make accurate weather predictions, NOAA needs weather satellites in orbit to peer down at Earth. Until recently, the agency was making do with very old hardware from the 1990s, but it has since started launching the much improved GOES-R satellites. GOES-17 launched in March of this year, and it sent back a few images shortly after that. Now, it’s finally reached its final destination over the Pacific Ocean, and it’s beaming back some stunning images and lots of atmospheric data.

Seismic study reveals huge amount of water dragged into Earth's interior

November 20, 2018

Slow-motion collisions of tectonic plates under the ocean drag about three times more water down into the deep Earth than previously estimated, according to a first-of-its-kind seismic study that spans the Mariana Trench, a crescent-shaped trench in the Western Pacific that measures 1,500 miles long and is the deepest ocean trench in the world.

HQ2 deal brings new scrutiny on Amazon

November 19, 2018

Lawmakers and officials whose towns won out in the search are welcoming the company with open arms, predicting that its arrival will bring massive economic investments into their communities. But others are raising questions about the wisdom of gifting billions in taxpayer dollars to the second most highly valued company in the world when local infrastructures are struggling.

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