Science & Technology

How Close Are We to a Self-Driving Car?

May 30, 2018

Just about every major automaker is working on some level of self-driving technology. Of course, some companies are much further along than others with technological progress and monetary investments. Regardless of these initiatives, government regulations will have a major impact on timelines and deployment. Automotive insurance, liability concerns, and recent tragic incidents may also stall adoption.

Trump announces tariffs on China, tech crackdown ahead of key trade meeting

May 30, 2018

President Trump said Tuesday that he would proceed with tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports and introduce new limits on Chinese investment in U.S. high-tech industries as part of a broad campaign to crack down on Chinese acquisition of U.S. technology.

Which Countries Will Win the Global AI Race?

May 29, 2018

The U.S., China, and Russia, are only a few of the countries that have announced they are ready to invest in research and in industries to keep pace with a technology that some say is changing the world. Smaller countries, such as the U.K., are exploring ways to become leaders in niche areas, while others such as South Korea see artificial intelligence as a way of maintaining their sovereignty by offsetting potential military threats.

U.S. and China clash over 'technology transfer' at WTO

May 29, 2018

Chinese and U.S. envoys sparred at the World Trade Organization on Monday over U.S. President Donald Trump’s claims that China steals American ideas, the subject of two lawsuits and a White House plan to slap huge punitive tariffs on Chinese goods.

Amazon Echo secretly recorded a family's conversation and sent it to a random person on their contact list

May 29, 2018

The Echo device in your room could be secretly recording your conversation -- and in some cases, could send it to a random person, according to a report from local Seattle TV network KIRO7. That's what happened to a family in Portland, who had their conversation at home recorded and sent to a random person on their contact list.

General Motors CEO: We have to earn our right to exist

May 28, 2018

General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra joined Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in a conversation about the future of the automobile industry as part of the bank’s “Talks at GS” series. GM, the biggest carmaker in the U.S., is also the largest female-led company in the world, ranking No. 10 on the Fortune 500 and employing 180,000 people. Barra, who started at GM in 1980 doing part-time work as a student, took over as CEO in January 2014 and was elected the company’s board chairman in 2016.

The Line Between Big Tech and Defense Work

May 28, 2018

Other tech giants have recently secured high-profile contracts to build technology for defense, military, and intelligence agencies. In March, Amazon expanded its newly launched "Secret Region" cloud services supporting top-secret work for the Department of Defense. The same week that news broke of the Google resignations, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft locked down a deal with intelligence agencies.

WIRED'S Predictions for Bots, Blockchains, Crispr, and More

May 28, 2018

Sometimes the future shows up so fast it hits us in the face, like a brick wall in a VR headset. Other times the miraculous promises of technology--the rearrange­ment of our very DNA, the blockchain-­enabled toppling of Facebook--are frustratingly slow to arrive. But either way, the future is coming, and we should be ready.

US jury awards Apple $539 million in Samsung patent retrial

May 25, 2018

After nearly five days of deliberations, a U.S. jury on Thursday said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd should pay $539 million to Apple Inc for copying patented smartphone features, according to court documents, bringing a years-long feud between the technology companies into its final stages.

Holograms: are they still the preserve of science fiction?

May 24, 2018

The fragile apparition endured only long enough to say: “Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” before flickering out. But R2D2’s 3D projection gave millions of young eyes, including mine, their first taste of holograms, and planted unrealistic expectations of a future playing dejarik, the gruesome game of holographic chess played on board the Millennium Falcon.

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