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5 Unanswered Questions About Space Force

August 07, 2018

Space Force is getting closer to reality. As early as this week, the Pentagon is expected to announce various steps to reorganize the military’s space-related procurement and operations, culminating in a planned request for congressional action to authorize the creation of a separate service branch for space.

NASA Says Terraforming Mars Is Currently Impossible

August 06, 2018

Mars has long been seen as a potential second home for humanity, but it won’t be a comfortable place to hang your hat until we’ve addressed the lack of breathable air. According to NASA, fantasies about terraforming the red planet are premature. A new analysis of Mars and its composition shows that we’re nowhere near being able to terraform the planet with current technology.

An AI-driven robot hand spent a hundred years teaching itself to rotate a cube

August 06, 2018

AI researchers have demonstrated a self-teaching algorithm that gives a robot hand remarkable new dexterity. Their creation taught itself to manipulate a cube with uncanny skill by practicing for the equivalent of a hundred years inside a computer simulation (though only a few days in real time).

Air Force brings AI to B-2, F-35 and F-15

August 05, 2018

The US Air Force is now accelerating a massive AI push to cyber-harden networks, improve weapons systems and transform functions of large combat air platforms such as the B-2, F-15 and F-35, service officials said. “The Air Force has over 600 projects incorporating a facet of artificial intelligence to address various mission sets,” Capt. Hope Cronin, Air Force spokeswoman, told Warrior Maven.

Pentagon To Start Creating Space Force - Even Before Congress Approves It

August 05, 2018

In coming months, Defense Department leaders plan to stand up three of the four components of the new Space Force: a new combatant command for space, a new joint agency to buy satellites for the military, and a new warfighting community that draws space operators from all service branches.

How should the US legislate data privacy?

August 05, 2018

In recent months, new privacy rules have gone into effect in the European Union and have been adopted by state of California. Is it time for U.S. privacy legislation at the federal level? On July 26, the Center for Technology Innovation hosted a panel of experts from think tanks, industry, and trade groups to consider this question.

China set to leapfrog US in the AI race

August 05, 2018

China’s progress towards its goal of becoming the world’s leader in AI by the year 2025 remains unchecked. While its efforts still lag behind the US, thanks to the likes of Google and Microsoft, there’s an alarming amount of research indicating the gap is shrinking.

Cargo Bases in Space: Air Force General Wants Them Within a Decade

August 03, 2018

Within a decade, U.S. troops may get some supplies from prepositioned stocks in space -- if the Air Force’s mobility commander can make his vision come true. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II is already talking with SpaceX and other space-services companies about that and other space-related initiatives, the leader of Air Force Mobility Command told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast Thursday.

Apple just hit a $1 trillion market cap

August 02, 2018

Apple hit a market cap of $1 trillion on Thursday, as the iPhone maker became the first publicly traded U.S. company to reach the valuation. The stock rose nearly 3 percent after a strong fiscal third-quarter earnings report earlier this week, briefly hitting a session high of $207.05 in midday trading before falling back below $207.

Sen. Warner eyes options for crackdown on tech giants

August 02, 2018

The paper addresses the most pressing concerns critics have raised about tech companies in recent months: the spread of disinformation, protecting users' privacy and competition among tech companies, according to Axios.

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