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The inventor of the web says the internet is broken - but he has a plan to fix it

November 06, 2018

Speaking to CNBC at the Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon Monday, Berners-Lee said the web is "at a tipping point" as it faces threats like market concentration, data breaches and so-called "fake news." "For a long time, 20 years, I thought all I had to do was keep it, just keep it free and open and people will do wonderful things," Berners-Lee told CNBC's Karen Tso. "Then in fact if you look and talk to people on the street now there's been a big change. I think this has been been a tipping point."

Amazon reportedly in ‘late-stage’ discussions with HQ2 finalists New York, Dallas and Northern Va.

November 05, 2018

For more than a year, few details about the selection process for Amazon’s second North American headquarters — beyond the tech giant’s own disclosures — saw the light of day. But with Amazon’s self-imposed end-of-year deadline approaching, reports are beginning to trickle out about which contenders have the best shot to land the vaunted economic development prize.

How two AI superpowers - the U.S. and China - battle for supremacy in the field

November 05, 2018

Silicon Valley was once able to write off Chinese tech companies as mere copycats. The big American players, from Twitter to Facebook to Google, all had a Chinese impersonator. But the rise of hugely successful Chinese messaging apps like WeChat -- not to mention all the U.S. tech companies that failed in China -- now make clear that the nation’s tech companies should not be underestimated.

Who will get to Mars first? Oddsmakers favor SpaceX and Blue Origin over NASA

November 05, 2018

David Strauss, an analyst and oddsmaker at MyBookie, says NASA is the underdog and Musk is the favorite. “Bezos may have the discipline, but Musk has the infrastructure and just the right amount of craziness to make a successful mission happen,” he said today in a news release. “The days of government organizations staging trips to another planet are behind us. I would be surprised if NASA truly makes it back to the moon.”

Hubble is back at work after breakdown

November 04, 2018

Hubble went into safe mode when one of its three working gyroscopes failed, leaving mission managers with a weighty challenge: They could try getting a glitchy gyro working again, bringing the telescope’s pointing system back to its normal three-gyro mode. Otherwise, they would have to go to a one-gyro procedure for pointing at observational targets, and keep the second gyro in reserve.

Pentagon Doesn't Want Real Artificial Intelligence In War, Former Official Says

November 04, 2018

Bob Work, who served as deputy defense secretary under Presidents Obama and Trump, said Tuesday during a speech at the annual SAP NS2 Solutions Summit. “We’re looking for narrow AI systems that can compose courses of action to accomplish the tasks that the machine is given and it can choose among the courses of action.”

China's 5 Steps for Recruiting Spies

November 04, 2018

Beware of Chinese spies offering laptops, women, or educational stipends--and especially watch out for odd LinkedIn requests. On Tuesday, the Justice Department unsealed new charges against 10 Chinese intelligence officers and hackers who it says perpetrated a years-long scheme to steal trade secrets from aerospace companies.

DOE to Build Next-Generation Supercomputer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

November 02, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center has signed a contract with Cray for NERSC’s next-generation supercomputer, a pre-exascale machine slated to be delivered in 2020. Named “Perlmutter,” in honor of Berkeley Lab’s Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter, it is the first NERSC system specifically designed to meet the needs of large-scale simulations as well as data analysis from experimental and observational facilities.

Self-Driving Cars Can Handle Neither Rain nor Sleet nor Snow

November 01, 2018

Modern self-driving vehicles have an Achilles heel -- precipitation. And unless you live in the Atacama desert, the Sahara, Antarctica, or an equivalent location, you’re probably familiar with it. Rain and snow aren’t unusual across most of America, and self-driving cars apparently have major problems with both.

Microsoft defends working with the US military: "They will have access to the best technology that we create"

October 31, 2018

Company president and chief legal officer Brad Smith penned an article distilling a company Q&A involving himself and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. "We believe in the strong defense of the United States and we want the people who defend it to have access to the nation’s best technology, including from Microsoft," Smith said.

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