technology

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.

October 23, 2019

The team, which includes Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper, plans to submit a bid to NASA for what many consider to be the most challenging component of a lunar landing: the spacecraft capable of getting humans safely to and from the lunar surface.

October 23, 2019

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is looking to land humans on Mars in the 2030s as he recruits partners of the International Space Station to help the agency land humans on the moon by 2024, according to his remarks at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

October 23, 2019

SpaceX wants to add 30,000 Starlink broadband satellites to the 12,000 it already plans to put into orbit, despite concerns being raised about 'space junk' trapping us on Earth. Elon Musk's company recently filed the request with the International Telecommunication Union. Starlink is a project that intends to put over 12,000 satellites into the Earth's orbit so they can provide cheap WiFi to the entire world.

October 21, 2019

China’s intellectual property office received a record number of 1.54 million patent applications in 2018, making it the biggest filer and accounting for 46.4 per cent of total patent filings globally as the country pushes ahead with a self-reliance drive in core technology.

October 20, 2019

WIRED identified eight public school systems, from rural areas to giant urban districts, that have moved to install facial recognition systems in the past year. There likely are many more. The technology watched over thousands of students returning to school in recent weeks, continually checking faces against watch lists compiled by school officials and law enforcement.

October 17, 2019

The show floor of the country’s biggest land-warfare convention was crowded with robot tanks this week, roughly two years after the U.S. Army’s declaration that its core 5-year priorities include a new combat vehicle. Among them, and with the greatest fanfare, Textron unveiled its Ripsaw, a 10-ton, 20-foot electrically-powered treaded minitank that can carry a small aerial drone on its back and can pop a smaller ground robot out of a front compartment.

October 17, 2019

So far, efforts to cultivate algorithmic fairness lag far behind the enthusiasm to adopt the technology. Industry, with its drive for competitive advantage and focus on profits, has shown little inclination to shoulder this responsibility. The institution that needs to play a critical role in leading the way to an AI-powered world that is both ethical and fair is higher education.

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