Science & Technology
Amazon's Jeff Bezos Says Tech Companies Should Work With the Pentagon
“If big tech companies are going to turn their back on US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Monday, defending government contracts amid a wave of employee protests.
How to Check If Your Facebook Account Got Hacked--and How Badly
At the end of last month, Facebook made a bombshell disclosure: As many as 90 million of its users may have had their so-called access tokens--which keep you logged into your account, so you don't have to sign in every time--stolen by hackers. Friday, the company put the actual number at 30 million. Here's how to see if you were one of them, and if so, what the hackers got from your account.
Artificial Intelligence & Human Rights: Opportunities & Risks
Artificial intelligence (“AI”) is changing the world before our eyes. The promise of AI to improve our lives is enormous. AI-based systems are already outperforming medical specialists in diagnosing certain diseases, while the use of AI in the financial system is expanding access to credit to borrowers that were once passed by.
White House Announces Strategic Plans to Push American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing
Continuing its efforts to build up the manufacturing sector, on Oct. 5 The White House released a 40-page report, Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing, compiled by the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing.
Space tourism may happen sooner than you think
British billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson believes Virgin Galactic is "more than tantalizingly close" to its first trip to space. "We should be in space within weeks, not months. And then we will be in space with myself in months and not years...
Lockheed Martin unveils reusable lander to pair with Lunar Gateway
When NASA announced the Lunar Orbiting Platform Gateway (LOP-G) critics were quick to point out the biggest shortcoming of the facility - there was no way to land on the Moon. Now Lockheed Martin may have the answer to that criticism with the release of their concept for a reusable lunar lander.
Chinese tech giant Huawei unveils A.I. chips, taking aim at giants like Qualcomm and Nvidia
Huawei unveiled two new artificial intelligence chips aimed at data centers and smart devices, pitting it against major silicon players including Qualcomm and Nvidia, as the Chinese giant laid out a strategy it hopes will drive growth in the next few years. The new chipsets are called the Ascend 910 and Ascend 310 and were revealed Wednesday at the Huawei Connect conference in Shanghai, China.
The DNA data storage machine that's the size of a school bus
In a world awash with data, DNA is a hugely compact way to store it. The data on every iPhone, PC, and server rack on the planet could fit in a Jacuzzi’s worth of genetic letters, for example. It’s also incredibly durable: DNA can last for thousands of years so long as it’s kept relatively cool and dry.
China Makes A Big Play In Silicon Valley
"The Chinese figured out that technology is the key to wealth and power, and the source of technology is still the West for China," says Lewis. The question is: "How do they get their hands on that Western technology?"
Google learned the hard way it's better to be transparent about privacy bugs than cover them up
Not long ago, few companies would dream of having to come out publicly to tell customers their data had possibly been exposed but had not been stolen or misused. Disclosures of data incidents were generally saved only for the crimes that hit consumers directly in the wallet, like stolen credit card numbers or identities.