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White House aims to speed U.S. drone, wireless technologies

June 22, 2017

The White House is bringing together drone makers, wireless companies and venture capitalists on Thursday to look at ways government can help speed new technologies to the marketplace. President Donald Trump will meet with the chief executives of General Electric Co, Honeywell International Inc and AT&T Inc AT&T Inc, major drone industry firms and venture capitalists in the latest effort by the White House to focus on innovative technologies as a way of spurring job growth.

Beyond CFIUS: The Strategic Challenge of China's Rise in Artificial Intelligence

June 22, 2017

Congress may soon consider legislation reportedly being drafted by Senator Cornyn that could heighten scrutiny of Chinese investments in artificial intelligence and other sensitive emerging technologies considered critical to U.S. national security interests. The legislation is intended to address concerns that China has circumvented the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), including through joint ventures, minority stakes, and early-stage investments in start-ups.

New Process Allows Us to Teleport Life Anywhere

June 21, 2017

A new manufacturing process has been developed that one day may allow us to send life to distant planets, bring living things to earth from extra-terrestrial worlds, change the way we fight viruses, alter our entire approach to biological research, modify our approach to global epidemics, and revolutionize how we manage life on earth.

The U.S. No Longer Has One of the Top Three Fastest Supercomputers

June 20, 2017

As America’s grasp on the world of supercomputing continues to slip, the Department of Energy is seeking to reinvigorate the nation’s capabilities. A new ranking shows that for the second year running, the world’s fastest supercomputer is TaihuLight, housed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, China.

Teaching AI to Learn Like a Toddler

June 20, 2017

AI systems continue to get increasingly powerful, but still need far too much hand-holding by their human masters. New research from DeepMind and OpenAI suggests a mere nudge here and there at the outset can be enough to help artificial intelligence accomplish tricky tasks.

Trump seeks tech's help for government IT overhaul

June 20, 2017

President Donald Trump met with the CEOs of major technology companies on Monday, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Apple’s Tim Cook, asking them to help carry out a "sweeping transformation" of the federal government's information technology and cybersecurity.

Chinese Satellite Relays a Quantum Signal Between Cities

June 18, 2017

This experiment was a crucial test for a budding technology called quantum cryptography, which uses quantum particles like photons to send secure information. But fragile quantum particles are notoriously difficult to transmit.

More older Americans getting news on mobile

June 15, 2017

Mobile devices have rapidly become one of the most common ways for Americans to get news, and the sharpest growth in the past year has been among Americans ages 50 and older, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in March.

US rethinks Chinese investment in AI start-ups

June 15, 2017

The Pentagon has raised concerns about China’s access to artificial-intelligence-based technology developed in the US, according to Reuters. The news agency says a leaked report proposes that export controls be updated to stop Chinese organisations being able to invest in some start-ups. It suggests the move is needed to prevent their advanced algorithms being repurposed for the military by Beijing.

Supreme Court to Rule on Legality of Patent Review System

June 13, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a federal administrative process frequently used by technology companies to ward off patent infringement lawsuits violates the constitutional rights of patent owners.

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