Science & Technology
What CES Taught Us About The Future Of Tech
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest technology conferences in the world. It draws companies hailing from all corners of the industry, from established giants showing off a sweeping new product lineup to lean startups hoping to find funding for their big idea. After exploring endless rows of booths and attending panels of experts discussing the tech industry's most complex topics, we wanted to share our key takeaways from this year's event.
The Cost To Put a Microsatellite Constellation Into Space Just Fell Through the Floor
Want your own microsatellite constellation? The prospect just became much more realistic. Rocket Lab, a space startup out of California and New Zealand, announced two important firsts in the past week: getting their experimental rocket into orbit on its second attempt and more precise deployment of microsatellites thanks to a novel secondary burn capability.That suggests that future minisatellites will get much cheaper to launch.
US military teams up with Silicon Valley to revolutionize the battlefield
The U.S. military is partnering with Silicon Valley to step up its game on the battlefield. The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUX), which is part of the Department of Defense, is connecting the U.S. military with companies developing leading-edge technology that would help it carry out missions quicker and cheaper.
China declared world’s largest producer of scientific articles
For the first time, China has overtaken the United States in terms of the total number of science publications, according to statistics compiled by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The agency’s report, released on 18 January, documents the United States’ increasing competition from China and other developing countries that are stepping up their investments in science and technology.
'Potentially hazardous asteroid' bigger than Earth's tallest building will zoom past us next month
A "potentially hazardous asteroid" known as 2002 AJ129 is set to fly by Earth at a whopping 67,000 miles per hour next month -- but there is no need to worry, scientists say. The 0.7-mile long body -- larger than the tallest building on Earth, Dubai’s half-mile high Burj Khalifa skyscraper -- will rocket past our planet on Feb. 4 by 2.6 million miles, giving it no chance of hitting us.
Deutsche Boerse creates index using algorithm to track AI leaders like Apple
Deutsche Boerse has launched an index that tracks companies that are leaders in artificial intelligence (AI) by using an algorithm to identify early adopters of the technology. Companies in the index include Apple, Deutsche Telekom, Bank of America and Facebook, the German stock exchange operator said on Monday.
The best way for the U.S. to enable a 5G future
Fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks promise to blow away existing 4G connections. According to the U.S. government, the new systems will deliver 1,000 times more traffic, with far superior reliability and faster response times. Movies will glisten in ultra-high definition, while cities become smart, autonomous cars safe, and the Internet of Things ubiquitous. Mobile broadband may out-perform fiber optics, as The Economist notes, putting “your phone on steroids.”
Apple Plans To Create 20,000 Jobs In The U.S.
Apple (AAPL) said it will build a second corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers in a $350 billion, five-year commitment to the U.S. economy. Apple, the world's biggest company by market capitalization, said Wednesday it will contribute $75 billion of that amount through investments in American manufacturing, planned capital expenditures and what it called a "record" tax payment after it repatriates overseas profits.
Multiple Implications Of Apple's Move Back Toward The U.S.
AAPL may now be joining its most famous and influential shareholder in again becoming more US-centric. The catalyst: the tax bill. The US has joined most of the rest of the world with a humble tax policy. When AAPL earns money in the EU, or Brazil, it now pays no tax penalty for its foreign subsidiary to pay a dividend to the parent. This money can now go to shareholders, or it can be invested in the US.
Poll: Majority of Americans worried about sharing roads with driverless cars
A recent poll found that a majority of Americans are worried about operating cars on the same roads as driverless vehicles. Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said they are concerned about sharing the streets with driverless vehicles, according to a poll from Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety.