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A 'spectacular' trend is transforming the world's second largest economy, Stephen Roach says

July 18, 2017

China's economy is a lot more resilient than the West thinks, according to one of Wall Street's most distinguished voices on the region. Stephen Roach, who was chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, believes the world's second largest economy is on the cusp of an even bigger growth spurt -- thanks to new technological advances and a booming consumer.

Study: 36 Percent of Technology Workers Underpaid

July 17, 2017

While doctors and lawyers are the country’s highest-paid workers, these professions have extended educational requirements. Engineers and technology workers are the highest-paid professionals who typically have a bachelor’s degree. However, a recent Paysa study reveals that 36% of technology workers are underpaid - and by at least 10%.

Microsoft wants all of rural America to get high-speed broadband

July 17, 2017

Microsoft wants to connect two million rural Americans to high-speed wireless broadband by 2022, and it will get started with 12 pilot projects over the next year. The company is also offering free access to its intellectual property to help the rest of rural America get connected.

House spending bill increases NASA planetary science, cuts NOAA weather satellite program

July 17, 2017

In NASA’s science account, planetary science emerges as a big winner, with the report allocating $2.12 billion, a record level. That amount is $191 million above the White House request and $275 million above what Congress provided in 2017. Some of that additional funding will go to missions to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, thought to have a subsurface ocean of liquid water that could sustain life.

How Self-Driving Cars Work, and When They'll Get Real

July 16, 2017

The first truly hands-off, self-driving cars will be here within five years. Fully autonomous cars without steering wheels or gas and brake pedals may be 10 years away. That’s the consensus among automakers. By some definitions, several automakers have cars on the road today that meet a limited definition of autonomous driving.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Mars

July 16, 2017

Apollo astronauts Walt Cunningham, Michael Collins and Harrison "Jack" Schmitt joined Aldrin, one of 12 people to walk on the moon, at the sold-out fundraiser. "I like to think of myself as an innovative futurist," Aldrin told a crowd of nearly 400 people in the Apollo/Saturn V Center. "The programs we have right now are eating up every piece of the budget and it has to be reduced if we're ever going to get anywhere."

States fighting Trump on climate find new foe: US Constitution

July 14, 2017

More than 200 cities and at least 12 states have announced their plans to support the Paris Agreement, despite President Donald Trump's June bombshell to withdraw from the climate accord. But the anti-Trump climate alliance may have overlooked a crucial impediment -- it may be unconstitutional.

IBM And US Air Force Are Building A Brain-Inspired AI Supercomputer

July 12, 2017

IBM has announced that it is developing brain-inspired an AI supercomputing system. The system is quite similar to the biological brain. It has 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses. The chief of the development project has emphasized on IBM’s production over the last six years. He also believes that IBM will soon become a leading company in the AI innovations.

Robotics Industry Has Big Future as Applications Grow

July 12, 2017

Robotics are about to take off, with applications for the technology expanding across many different industries, said Susan Teele, the head of marketing and communications for the Pittsburgh-based Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM). A push to make robots more easily customized and more flexible will especially increase their use, she added.

Tiny Satellites From Silicon Valley May Help Track North Korea Missiles

July 11, 2017

Launched in clusters, some staying in orbit just a year or two, the satellites would provide coverage necessary to execute a new military contingency plan called “Kill Chain.” It is the first step in a new strategy to use satellite imagery to identify North Korean launch sites, nuclear facilities and manufacturing capability and destroy them pre-emptively if a conflict seems imminent.

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