The number of manmade objects in orbit is set to triple in five years, a reflection of humanity’s growing dependence on ever-cheaper satellites for communication and imagery. Yet more spacecraft means more space debris to threaten them.
Amazon’s Alexa is the target of a pair of lawsuits that allege the voice assistant violates laws in nine states by illegally storing recordings of children on devices such as the Echo or Echo Dot. It’s the latest development in an ongoing debate around Alexa and privacy.
The effective diameter of the Terahertz Space Telescope, Walker says, would be about 25 meters. To put this in perspective, the James Webb Space Telescope--which is slated to launch in 2021, and will be the most sensitive telescope ever sent to space--has an aperture of about 6.5 meters. The price difference is even more dramatic: Walker estimates the inflatable telescope would cost around $200 million to send to orbit, whereas the James Webb telescope is expected to cost about $10 billion by the time it’s launched.
Virginia Tech is building its newest campus in the city of Alexandria, Virginia, just south of the planned location of Amazon’s site in Arlington. Virginia Tech President Tim Sands made the announcement Monday morning in Alexandria, joined by officials including U.S. Sen.
A new report has warned that the Chinese military is close to achieving technological parity with the U.S., as part of a deliberate and long-term plan for Beijing to develop the world's dominant military force. The report--written by former deputy defense secretary Robert Work and his former special assistant Greg Grant--was published by the Center for a New American Security.
NIST launched this initiative to bring together communities and technology innovators to collaborate on smart city solutions that would be accessible to all because of their reliance on standards-based approaches. The challenge fosters the creation of "action clusters" -- partnerships across government, industry and academia -- to address city and community goals in areas such as energy, transportation, security, public health and others.
A new research article published in the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making argues that there should be minimum driver training standards for partially automated cars. According to the authors, today’s cars are full of new technology that drivers may not understand or know how to respond to. They point out that the research on how drivers interact with automated systems is just beginning.
Amazon’s drone ambitions took another step forward today as the tech giant revealed its latest delivery drone design. At Amazon’s re:MARS conference, Amazon’s Worldwide Consumer CEO, Jeff Wilke, showed off a fully-electric drone that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under 5 pounds in less than 30 minutes.
For the first time in the United States, some schools could start using facial recognition for security. Lockport Public Schools in western New York started testing it this week. It's one of the many areas of society now relying on the technology -- and that's raising new privacy and civil rights concerns.
It’s no secret that China has long played fast and loose with patent, trade secret and copyright laws in violation of international norms. When called on the carpet, China makes vague concessions, and U.S. companies live with the infractions as the cost of doing business. But the current trade dispute is different and the stakes higher.