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5 exciting AI innovations from 2017

January 03, 2018

2017 was full of technological advances and introductions of cool new gadgets. A common theme among some of the most notable advances and new devices was the integration of artificial intelligence in smart and innovative ways. Despite a handful of flubs, AI-powered technologies still helped make the world a little smarter, kinder, and more innovative this year.

Revisiting the science stories that made us cry, think and say 'OMG' in 2017

January 03, 2018

Our Top 10 stories of 2017 cover the science that was earthshaking, field-advancing or otherwise important. But choosing our favorite stories requires some different metrics. Here are some of our staff’s favorites from 2017, selected for their intrigue, their power, their element of surprise -- or because they were just really, really fun.

10 ways tech will shape your life in 2018, for better and worse

January 03, 2018

Is the outlook for technology in 2018 exciting -- or slightly terrifying? Flip a coin. You’d be right either way. As I look into my crystal ball at what new technologies are most likely to shape our lives in the next 12 months, I see science-fiction dreams coming to life: glasses that mix reality and imagination, an electric car in my driveway and gadgets that charge without plugs.

Top Technology Stories of 2017

January 03, 2018

2017 was another big year for technology, with many new products launched to make our phones, homes and cars “smarter.” But the news also included stories about technology companies seeking to earn back the public trust.

China is building a giant $2.1 billion research park dedicated to developing A.I.

January 03, 2018

China is planning to build a 13.8 billion yuan ($2.1 billion) technology park dedicated to developing artificial intelligence (AI), state-backed news agency Xinhua reported Wednesday. The campus will be constructed within five years and situated in the suburban Mentougou district in western Beijing. It will cover 54.87 hectares, Xinhua said.

Drug companies may have shorted government more than $1 billion in Medicaid rebates

January 03, 2018

Makers of just 10 drugs may have shortchanged the nation's Medicaid system by at least $1.3 billion from 2012 through 2016 by misclassifying their products in a rebate program, a government analysis found. The analysis also showed that while nearly 900 drugs may have been misclassified, in 2016 just four drugmakers were responsible for 54 percent of the potential misclassifications that led to the underpayments to the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program.

7 top science and tech stories of 2017

January 02, 2018

Keeping up with new developments in science, tech, and innovation during 2017 was a bit like trying to tread water during a tsunami. From a dramatic solar eclipse and breathtaking advances in gene-editing technology to the detection of ripples in space-time predicted by Einstein more than a century ago, the stories just kept coming.

Will artificial intelligence become conscious?

January 01, 2018

Forget about today’s modest incremental advances in artificial intelligence, such as the increasing abilities of cars to drive themselves. Waiting in the wings might be a groundbreaking development: a machine that is aware of itself and its surroundings, and that could take in and process massive amounts of data in real time.

Trump designates 5G as national US priority

December 21, 2017

US President Donald Trump’s administration highlighted 5G deployments as a national priority, naming them as a key factor in improving domestic infrastructure and boosting the economy. In particular, the administration flagged “improvements in bandwidth, better broadband connectivity and protection from persistent cyberattacks” as necessary to support future economic growth.

Why don't we have a 'Star Wars' hyperdrive yet?

December 21, 2017

With the opening of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" on Dec. 15, more than likely you're going to see at least one ship using hyperspace drive to travel faster than the speed of light. It's a staple of the "Star Wars" universe, dating back to the first movie in 1977, when Han Solo and his trusty band of renegades zipped between stars using the Millennium Falcon.

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