08 Apr 2020

White House signals support for a new international Moon Treaty

On April 6, the White House released a new executive order that stated the administration will work to formalize rules regarding the collection and use of resources regarding space and the Moon. While the US and several other countries did not endorse the 1979 attempt to create a “Moon Treaty,”

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08 Apr 2020

Pentagon Seeks Innovative Commercial Tech to Address COVID-19 Pandemic

On behalf of the Defense Department, the US Air Force has announced that it is seeking innovative commercial technology and research that could help navigate the national crisis that the COVID-10 pandemic poses. The Air Force Aquisition COVID-19 Task Force on April 6 released a solicitation for new technologies. The

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07 Apr 2020

How a New AI Translated Brain Activity to Speech With 97 Percent Accuracy

researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have developed technology that can translate brain signals into complete sentences with error rates as low as three percent. Although part of speech have been decoded from brain signals for roughly a decade, the solutions have been far from perfect as they

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06 Apr 2020

Agencies Have Spent At Least $2.6B on COVID-19 Supplies and Services

According to data from the Federal Procurement Data System, the US government has spent more than $35.6 billion, 7.3% of which on COVID-19 supplies and services, in the past two months. Between February 1 and April 2, agencies reported nearly $2.6 billion in spending with the National Interest Action code

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03 Apr 2020

Mozilla will fund open source COVID-19-related technology projects

Mozilla has announced that it is offering up to $50,000 to open source technology projects that aim to relieve the tension the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on many countries. The company is gearing up to join other tech giants in aiding solutions to the everyday challenges brought on by the

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01 Apr 2020

FDA, NIH, VA Partner to Accelerate 3D-Printed Protective Gear for COVID-19 Response

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Veterans Affairs Department (VA), and the National Institutes of Health recently joined together to accelerate 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. The collaboration is a Memorandum of Understanding that formalizes the process through

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31 Mar 2020

NSW Police signs six-year biometric identification deal

The New South Wales Police Force has allegedly renewed a contract with an identity solutions firm called Idemia for biometric identification. The new contract will last for six years as Idemia works to support and maintain LiveScan, technology that processes and books criminals’ biometric data. The deal affects 142 police

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31 Mar 2020

Medtronic Gives Away Ventilator Design Specs In Coronavirus Fight, Ahead Of Tesla Alliance

Medtronic, a Dublin based company, shared design specifications for a basic ventilator model, allowing any other company that wants to help produce the masks, which are a necessity during these times, the ability to do so. Medtronic, the medical device maker, has previously mentioned a manufacturing partnership with Tesla. On

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30 Mar 2020

FCC Issues Waiver For Telecom Supporting Zoom and WebEx Traffic

The recent pandemic has resulted in thousands of employees and students using the teleconferencing services Zoom and WebEx to work and attend online classes, resulting in an issue with the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) access arbitrage rules. The violation, also known as access stimulation, stems from the two applications’ traffic

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27 Mar 2020

OODAcast – A Conversation with Dan Gerstein

OODA CTO Bob Gourley is joined by technologist and national security expert Dan Gerstein from Rand Corporation.  Dan is also the author of the recently released book entitled “The Story of Technology”.

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