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Don't Make Taxpayers Bear the Brunt of Silicon Valley Hubris

May 17, 2018

According to a report from Hybrid Cars, Elon Musk’s mammoth car company, Tesla, may end up a liability not just to its investors, but potentially to taxpayers as well. In fact, according to Morgan Stanley, Tesla may already be “too big to fail” because of its more than 37,000 workers, estimated to rise to 50,000 over the next two years.

Senate Backs Effort to Restore 'Net Neutrality' Rules

May 17, 2018

At issue are rules that the Federal Communications Commission repealed in December that prevented providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. Critics, including the Trump administration, said overregulation was stifling innovation, and they backed the FCC's move, which is still set to take effect next month.

Time to break open AI's black box, and keep it open

May 16, 2018

Developers and IT managers are now at the front lines of growing ethical dilemmas, as well as a potential partial surrendering by businesses of control over their decision-making to machines. Perhaps its time for greater awareness and education on bringing AI-based decision-making into the light.

The U.S. needs a national strategy on artificial intelligence

May 16, 2018

The U.S. technology sector has long been a driver of global economic growth. From the PC to the Internet, the greatest advancements of the past 50 years were spawned in the U.S. This country's unique approach to limited regulation combined with public-private partnerships creates an environment for innovation generally unmatched in the free world. A national AI strategy can build on this history of economic and technological leadership.

TECH Inclusion: Still No App for That

May 16, 2018

On April 30-May 1, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Diversity Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. G. K. Butterfield (NC) and Barbara Lee (CA) welcomed Rep. Maxine Waters (CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, and Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY), also a member of the Financial Services Committee, to the third CBC TECH 2020 delegation to Silicon Valley. The members proposed a tech CEO summit, where leaders of major tech companies must come together to determine specific actions needed to increase minority representation and inclusion in the industry.

U.S. falls behind Russia and China in race to develop hypersonic weapons

May 15, 2018

It is a non-nuclear weapon that theoretically can hit any target around the world in one hour -- while evading the most modern of missile defense systems. The Russians on Wednesday paraded one in Red Square, and China is aggressively pursuing a development program for its own variant. In the race to develop hypersonic weapons, the Pentagon finds itself in an unfamiliar place: trailing its two main military rivals in a cutting-edge military technology and scrambling to catch up.

Congress Is Quietly Nudging NASA to Look for Aliens

May 14, 2018

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives recently proposed legislation for NASA’s future that includes some intriguing language. The space agency, the bill recommends, should spend $10 million on the “search for technosignatures, such as radio transmissions” per year, for the next two fiscal years.The House bill--should it survive a vote in the House and passage in the Senate--can only make recommendations for how agencies should use federal funding.

The White House has set up a task force to help further the country's AI development

May 11, 2018

The White House has set up a new task force dedicated to US artificial intelligence efforts, the Trump administration announced today during an event with technology executives, government leaders, and AI experts. The news and the event, which was organized by the federal government, are both moves to further the country’s AI development, as other regions like Europe and Asia ramp up AI investment and R&D as well.

America should respond to China's tech rise by attacking America's most successful tech companies … Wait, what?

May 10, 2018

America and China both want to be the technological leader of the 21st century. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a nation as the economic, military, cultural, or ideological leader while also being a tech laggard. Of the two, China has been more explicit in the goal, mainly through its “Made in China 2025” blueprint to dominate advanced industries such as robotics, information technology, and clean energy transport.

NASA advisers say SpaceX rocket technology could put lives at risk

May 09, 2018

When Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX were looking to make their Falcon 9 rocket even more powerful, they came up with a creative idea -- keep the propellant at super-cold temperatures to shrink its size, allowing them to pack more of it into the tanks. But the approach comes with a major risk, according to some safety experts.

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