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White House Quantum Initiative Summit

October 25, 2018

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy held a Quantum Initiative Summit on September 24 at which it unveiled the National Strategic Overview for Quantum Information Science. A summary of the event can be read HERE. At the event, the Department of Energy announced $218 million in funding for 85 research awards in Quantum Information Science. Additionally, the National Science Foundation announced $31 million in funding for fundamental quantum research. NPI was represented at the event by NPI Chairman Ed White and NQI Founding Stakeholder Chris Monroe.

Tim Cook: Personal data collection is being 'weaponized against us with military efficiency'

October 24, 2018

"Every day, billions of dollars change hands, and countless decisions are made, on the basis of our likes and dislikes, our friends and families, our relationships and conversations. Our wishes and fears, our hopes and dreams," Cook said. "These scraps of data, each one harmless enough on its own, are carefully assembled, synthesized, traded, and sold."

Here's The Pentagon's Initial Plan For Creating a Space Force

October 24, 2018

The U.S. Space Force will include uniformed service members drawn from the Air Force, Navy and Army -- but it is not expected to include the National Reconnaissance Office mission, according an internal draft of the Pentagon’s plan to create a sixth branch of the military.

Big Tech Is Meddling with Free Speech… and Elections

October 24, 2018

The biggest of the Big Tech companies are quickly positioning themselves as the internet’s thought police, threatening to stamp out one of America’s most cherished freedoms -- the right to free speech.

Coming soon to a military base near us: China

October 23, 2018

With China very much in mind, Congress has passed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, or FIRRMA, mandating the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) to review and, if necessary, block both foreign attempts to acquire real estate in sensitive areas and joint ventures that could involve the transfer of American technology to foreign companies.

What is the internet? 13 key questions answered

October 23, 2018

The internet is the wider network that allows computer networks around the world run by companies, governments, universities and other organisations to talk to one another. The result is a mass of cables, computers, data centres, routers, servers, repeaters, satellites and wifi towers that allows digital information to travel around the world.

How the Shift to IT-Enabled Vehicles Plays to America's Competitive Strengths

October 23, 2018

Connected and autonomous vehicles rely on IT hardware and software, an area where the United States has a competitive advantage globally. Congress and the administration should help U.S. industry press that advantage not with auto tariffs, but with more robust innovation policies.

Mattis Asks Trump to OK US Space Command, Pick Leaders

October 22, 2018

The request is the latest in a series of bureaucratic moves made inside the Pentagon in recent weeks that set the stage for the Defense Department’s formal proposal early next year to establish a Space Force -- a sixth branch of the military.

The buzz is building for Amazon's HQ2

October 22, 2018

The buzz is building for Amazon’s highly-touted HQ2, the company’s ambitious plan to build a secondary headquarters that could rival — or possibly surpass — its massive operation in Seattle. The stage is set, with 20 finalists now in the running for a new headquarters that could employ as many as 50,000 workers.

Why Microsoft, IBM, Google and Boeing are taking a giant leap into quantum computing

October 21, 2018

The small world of quantum physics is a big deal on the frontier of computer science. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella rates quantum computing as one of three key technologies that will shape his company’s future, along with artificial intelligence and mixed reality.

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