technology

October 30, 2019

Since World War II, the United States has set world technological standards in computing, biotechnology, aircraft design, networking and software, Brown said. "Imagine what the world would look like if China were setting standards in game-changing technologies like hypersonics, quantum sciences, autonomy, artificial intelligence, 5G, genetic engineering and space, "he said, noting that except for hypersonics, they’re all also important for economic prosperity, not just military overmatch.

October 29, 2019

The Pentagon’s secretive X-37B spaceplane landed in Florida on Sunday after a record-long orbital flight lasting more than two years, the U.S. Air Force said, capping the latest test mission for an array of military technologies.

October 29, 2019

Growing animus toward “Big Tech” companies and generalized opposition to technological innovation engenders support for policies that are expressly designed to inhibit it. That is deeply problematic for future progress, prosperity, and competitiveness.

October 29, 2019

It’s been nearly eight years since Curiosity launched from Cape Canaveral, and the aging rover should soon have company on the Red Planet. The Mars 2020 rover, currently being assembled at JPL, has met a major launch milestone and is now standing on its own six wheels. NASA celebrated the milestone with a time-lapse video of the rover’s assembly and a discussion of the vehicle.

October 28, 2019

The Department of Defense announced Friday it is awarding the coveted $10 billion, 10-year contract to build the military’s war cloud to Microsoft. It’s a huge win for Microsoft over Amazon, which had long been seen as a frontrunner for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract that will migrate the Pentagon’s computing infrastructure and data to the cloud.

October 28, 2019

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) in letters to Amazon and Google this week raised concerns that smart speakers are "eavesdropping" on customers without their consent. In a pair of letters on Thursday, Dingell pressed Amazon executive Jeff Bezos and Google CEO Sundar Pichai over how they vet applications running on Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant.

October 27, 2019

The fact is, quantum supremacy -- a term that is burning down the Internet today -- is really just an exceedingly fancy way of saying a super-duper kind of computer, one that not only operates on quantum principles, but masters them so deftly that it actually outperforms a traditional computer. (That’s where the “supremacy” part comes from.)

October 27, 2019

While American lawmakers are still mostly talking about regulating the tech industry, their counterparts in Europe have been far more active. From consumer privacy protections and content moderation to antitrust enforcement, the European Union has introduced a host of new rules aimed at Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, and at the business practices that enabled them to amass so much power.

October 24, 2019

The next 50 years of human spaceflight will surely see a proliferation of private companies working in space alongside government agencies - but how they will work together is a matter of intense debate, as evidenced in a livestreamed discussion with industry leaders.

October 24, 2019

The paper outlining the work, published in the journal Nature this morning, comes a month after a draft was unintentionally posted on a NASA server. It demonstrates that a quantum processor consisting of 54 superconducting quantum bits, or qubits, was able to perform a random sampling calculation - essentially verifying that a set of numbers is randomly distributed - exponentially faster than any standard computer.

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