What do you do when you need to destroy massive of classified information stored on digital devices? If you are the U.S. Navy, you issue a solicitation for incineration services able to reduce 4,000 pounds of IT equipment “to ash.” The devices were housed by projects working on “land-based weapons
A “go slow” approach and an emphasis on accountability in tech acquisitions and beyond is well-intentioned and important, but it has the unintended consequence, according to some leaders in the private sector, of stifling innovation. According to this thinking, the pentagon’s continued desire to remain with past winners results not
Investment in cybersecurity companies has grown by a factor of 5 over the past five years, a rate of growth that industry experts have called “unsustainable” at the macro level. Reaching over $5 billion USD in venture capital in 2018, some are predicting a 2019 taper to the massive growth.
The U.S. has announced targeted sanctions against Venezuela’s state-owned PDVSA. Rather than imposing a complete embargo on Venezuelan oil exports, however, the sanctions target only sales whose funds could be accessed by the Maduro regime. The sanctions, therefore, are working to transfer oil wealth away from the Maduro regime, where
Through a “Guaranteeing AI Robustness against Deception” program, the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to guard against malicious manipulation of A.I. systems. In its project solicitation, DARPA writes that “the growing sophistication and ubiquity of ML [Machine Learning] components in advanced systems dramatically…increases opportunities for new, potentially
American tech giants Google and Amazon, along with the Indian Infosys, are increasingly “open-sourcing” their artificial intelligence projects. This approach, in contrast to the more competitive and secretive approach being pursued by many companies China, may help to reduce some risks of A.I. and improve development of the entire field.
The estimate for total U.S. spending on nuclear arsenal modernization and maintenance has been increased to $494 billion over the next 10 years, increasing 23% over the 2017 estimate. This rise will likely become a point of significant debate in the next year in the relevant congressional committees, and could
The U.S. military is funding research towards small, mobile nuclear power stations for forward operating bases. The military has been conducting research on small nuclear reactors since the 1950s, but funding has come and gone during periods of sequestration. Now, with the immense energy requirements and logistical difficulties in securing
Talent shortage has clinched the top spot in the latest version of Gartner’s Emerging Risks Survey, which is based on data from the fourth quarter of 2018. The other top entries in the list of emerging risks for businesses were accelerating privacy regulation, the rapid pace of change, lagging digitization, and misconceptions
How is A.I. developing differently in the U.S. and in China? One aspect is the investment landscape. In a new MIT Technology Review article, the massive concentration of Chinese A.I. development in the hands of the three largest companies is emphasized and explored. While the country boasts 190 major A.I.