Science & Technology
Amazon's Cashierless Store Is Almost Ready for Prime Time
For the past year, Amazon employees have been test driving Amazon Go, an experimental convenience store in downtown Seattle. The idea is to let consumers walk in, pick up items and then pay for them without ever standing in line at a cashier. Amazon is vague on the mechanics, but the store relies on a mobile app and some of the same sensing technology that powers self-driving cars to figure out who is buying what.
Technology invading nearly all U.S. jobs, even lower skilled
Forget robots. The real transformation taking place in nearly every workplace is the invasion of digital tools. The use of digital tools has increased, often dramatically, in 517 of 545 occupations since 2002, with a striking uptick in many lower-skilled occupations, according to a study released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.
Bill Gates invests $80 million to build Arizona smart city
A group associated with a Gates investment company has invested $80 million in a high-tech planned development outside Phoenix. The community in Belmont will be designed around high-speed networks, autonomous vehicles, high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and autonomous logistics hubs.
Missouri AG subpoenas Google in antitrust investigation
Missouri's attorney general launched an investigation into Google’s data collection and search practices, saying that the internet giant has so far received a “free pass” by federal regulators. Josh Hawley, a Republican, announced the probe on Monday, saying that his office has issued a subpoena to Google.
Air Force general says China is advancing in space five times as fast as the US
Air Force Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast believes a "Kitty Hawk" moment will begin a new era in space. But while the U.S. still leads every other country in space, Kwast cautions that the edge is whittling away. "In my best military judgment, China is on a 10-year journey to operationalize space. We're on a 50-year journey," Kwast told CNBC.
In Five Years 50 Percent Of US Homes Will Have Voice Assistants
China Has A Breakthrough in Spy-Proof Quantum Communications
A team of Chinese researchers say they have completed the first long-distance quantum secure direct communication, a critical step toward sending messages that are truly safe from eavesdropping. The information traveled 2.7 kilometers along a quantum channel, the team said in a paper that was peer-reviewed by China’s Science Bulletin journal and placed online Oct. 22.
Technology may be disruptive but don't fear it, ASU's futurist says
Johnson said that autonomy in land, sea and air transportation is coming, as is industrial artificial intelligence, which will not only process information but will be social, “knowing” the people it encounters. “Imagine if we create a sentient building to make you feel as secure and welcoming as possible,” said Johnson, who also is a professor of practice with the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU. “Are we educating the workforce to interact with sentient tools 10 to 15 years from now? We’re not, but we need to.”
Uber announces partnership with NASA on flying car service
Uber is joining forces with NASA to develop an air traffic management system for its flying taxi service, the company announced Wednesday at a technology conference in Lisbon, as first reported by CNN. The ride-hailing firm first unveiled its ambitious plans for a flying car project last year, as part of Uber’s effort to transform the transportation industry.
Survey Reveals Nearly 50% of Consumers State They 'Have No Idea What Artificial Intelligence is About'
Sage's report, "Optimism and Ethics - An AI reality Check" examines major public concerns about AI and unpacks what consumers and the tech community believe to be the greatest areas of potential impact. Of the thousands surveyed, the majority of respondents were optimistic about the potential for AI to manage both personal and professional tasks. However, the data clearly demonstrates the need for more education on the new opportunities AI can create to increase productivity and help build businesses.