29 Jan 2020

The VA’s First Chief Innovation Officer Aims to Speed Up the Delivery of Cost-Saving Services

The Innovation Center run by the Veteran Affairs Department was established just over a decade ago but is currently undergoing a transformation to include a chief innovation officer. The role will be filled by Michael Akinyele, a current first-time federal employee who currently serves as the center’s principal lead. Akinyele

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23 Jan 2020

In-Body Microcomputer Could Help Heart Failure Patients Live Longer

A medical technology company named Vectorious has developed an in-body microcomputer that could improve the quality of life for heart failure patients, allowing them to live longer. The tiny V-LAP sensor is positioned within the heart, providing real-time data to medical professionals. The device is powered by artificial intelligence and

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22 Jan 2020

Data-driven vehicles: The next security challenge

As manufacturers increase their efforts to get autonomous vehicles on the road, experts are concerned that the radical shift in security needed to ensure safety will not be reached. As more smart technologies are implemented into cars, more security threats are posed. The addition of a tablet-based control console creates

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21 Jan 2020

What Do You Think About Artificial Intelligence? The Pentagon’s AI Center Wants to Know.

Officials from the Pentagon’s nascent center devoted to artificial intelligence research stated that they will be funding a study on what people’s perceptions of developing technology is. The center stated that they’ll be particularly interested in the opinions of members of the software engineering, defense, and aerospace communities. A proposed

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15 Jan 2020

Amazon Expands Its Lead With Smart CE Devices At CES 2020

Amazon has recently taken over consumer electronics with popular products such as Alexa voice assistant, Kindle, Echo, and Fire TV solutions. At CES Las Vegas last week, Amazon announced a significant expansion of its Fire TV Edition program, which is designed to enable third-party device makers to integrate the technology

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14 Jan 2020

‘Cable Haunt’ Bug Plagues Millions of Home Modems

Multiple cable modems used to provide broadband into homes have been compromised due to a critical vulnerability in their makeup that allows an attacker full remote control of the device in question. The vulnerability, named “Cable Haunt” by researchers, has been found in vendors including COMPAL, Netgear, Arris, Technicolor, and

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09 Jan 2020

Senator unveils bill to stop the US from sharing intel with countries using Huawei 5G

Senator Tom Cotton introduced legislation that seeks to prohibit the United States from sharing intelligence with countries allowing the Chinese company Huawei to operate 5G technologies. The legislation, which was introduced earlier this week, would have a major impact on both the US foreign policy and on Huawei. The legislation

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09 Jan 2020

A Lance Corporal’s Phone Selfie Got His Marine Unit ‘Killed’ at 29 Palms

This week over ten thousand US and NATO troops gathered in 29 Palms, the Marine Corps’ largest base, located near San Bernardino, California for the largest joint training exercise in decades. The forces tackled cyber attacks, drone exercises and other forms of war games. Crucially, the exercise demonstrated the massive

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20 Dec 2019

Robotics Can Solve The Construction Skills Shortage—If Handled Properly

The construction industry currently experiences skill shortages, limited resources, and outdated information collection practices. Experts believe that automation and robotics could save the industry from stagnation, as robotics in construction offer capabilities infeasible for humans and crucial accuracy. Alongside the mining, oil, and gas industries, construction has lagged behind when

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17 Dec 2019

Argonne’s Advanced X-Rays Are Beaming the Way to Smarter Helmets

A collaboration between researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory, the Army Research Laboratory and Northwestern University are developing next level military helmets by collecting and deciphering data from x-ray analyses of human skulls. The project leader, physicist Jonathan Almer, stated that the helmet would lead to a decrease in fatal

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