29 May 2020

DHS Creates Tool to Predict How Long SARS-CoV-2 Lives on Surfaces

The Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate has produced a predictive modeling tool that analyzes how long the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) remains on surfaces under varying temperature and humidity conditions. Researchers in the Directorate is continuing to update the new technology, which pulls insights from

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28 May 2020

Bill Proposes Restructuring NSF and $100B to Focus on Tech

On Wednesday, bipartisan legislation was introduced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer D-NY that would restructure the National Science Foundation (NSF) with $100 billion in funding to focus on emerging technology. The act would provide funding to the organization over the next five years and would rename the institution the

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28 May 2020

Amazon Said To Be In Talks To Buy Self-Driving Startup Zoox

Amazon is allegedly in talks with self-driving car company Zoox, looking to expand into the autonomous vehicle world. Zoox is a developer of robotaxi technology that has reportedly received other offers besides Amazon’s. The purchase terms would value the startup below the estimated market value of $3.2 billion, which was

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27 May 2020

Defense Department’s AI Center Seeks Own Acquisition Authorities

The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center was created only two years ago and has now grown its staff from four to 175 as well as developing an annual budget of $240 million. However, the JAIC is seeking its own acquisition authorities to meet technological demands. The JAIC has forged partnerships

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27 May 2020

Agriculture Industry Moves Forward Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) To Improve Crop Management

The agriculture industry has been seeking new AI solutions to improve crop management and other facets of farming to produce more efficient yields. Aerial imaging has been used for decades to detect diseases in crops, however, AI is being introduced to this common practice to push the agriculture industry into

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27 May 2020

State-Based Contact-Tracing Apps Could Be a Mess

Worldwide, governments have been exploring contact tracing options that utilize technology, aiming to combat the spread of COVID-19. The United States has not done so yet, and it seems as though the apps will be deployed on a state-to-state basis, leaving room for potential backlash or deliberation over which states

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26 May 2020

House Bill Would Mandate Comprehensive Probe into Quantum Computing Landscape

On Tuesday, Representative Morgan Griffith introduced legislation to the House that would promote US-led advancements within the global quantum computing landscape. If the legislation, the Advancing Quantum Computing Act, passes, it would mandate the Commerce Department’s secretary and other federal officials to investigate quantum computing and its potential implications in

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26 May 2020

Deepfakes Are Going To Wreak Havoc On Society. We Are Not Prepared.

Deepfakes are a relatively new phenomenon in AI, and the technology is becoming increasingly compelling. The concept originated in 2017 as a result of a new deep learning method called generative adversarial networks (GANs). Since then, there have been several viral deepfake videos circulating the internet, such as those of

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22 May 2020

TSA Wants Passenger Self-Screening that Looks Like Grocery Store Self-Checkout

The Transportation Security Agency has partnered with the Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate to explore self-security checkpoint options. The collaboration aims to create a system for airline passengers that allows customers to move through security checkpoints at their own speed, much like a self-checkout lane at a grocery

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21 May 2020

HHS Proposes ‘IT Control Tower’ to Manage Strategic National Stockpile

The Health and Human Services Department issued a request for information seeking answers on how to create an overarching IT infrastructure that will coordinate, manage, and analyze supplied across sectors. The solicitation also highlights the agency’s plan to redesign the strategy driving the Strategic National Stockpile, aiming to ensure that

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