11 Feb 2021

A Cloud-Connected, AI-Enabling Commercial Computer is Heading to the International Space Station

An artificial intelligence enabling computer will be launched into orbit on February 20, eventually reaching the International Space Station via Northrop Grumman’s resupply mission. The computer has been named the Spaceborne Computer-2 and is designed to enable in-space commercial artificial intelligence and real-time data processing capabilities. The device was constructed

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10 Feb 2021

Tianwen-1, China’s mission to Mars, has entered orbit

China’s Tianwen-1 probe has successfully entered into Mar’s orbit as of Wednesday after traveling through space for seven months. The probe is expected to land on the surface and will gather information about the planet’s geological structure, atmosphere, environment, soil, and search for any signs of water. The spacecraft is

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10 Feb 2021

Army-Built Quantum Sensor Can Detect Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Other Signals

Army researchers have announced that they have produced a quantum sensor that can detect the complete radio spectrum and pick up Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, AM, and FM radio communications on frequencies up to 20GHz. The devices are not ready to be deployed to the field, according to the Army, but could

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09 Feb 2021

Government Demands for Amazon Data Shot Up 800 Percent in 2020

Earlier this week, Amazon released a transparency report which revealed that government requests for user data increased by 800% between the first and second half of 2020. The company reportedly processed over 3,000 demands within the first six months of 2020 and over 27,000 in the second six months. Nearly

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09 Feb 2021

Government Seeks ‘Dog-Like,’ Throwable and Other Robots

The Air Force is seeking prototypes for two small dog-like robots that could help patrol small battle spaces and provide the military with additional data resources. The request for information was released on Sunday and seeks to stay up to date on evolving technology such as robotics. The robot would

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05 Feb 2021

Microsoft Partnership Will Bring New Cloud Service to DOD Microelectronics Project

On Thursday, Microsoft announced new partnerships with ten different companies that will aim to support Defense Department projects using Azure cloud services. In October of 2020, the DoD rewarded Microsoft and IBM a transaction authority contract totaling $24.5 million to assist the agency on a program called the Rapid Assured

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04 Feb 2021

VA Partners with AT&T to Extend its 5G Experimentation

The Veterans Affairs Department (VA) has announced it is expanding its 5G footprint to the Seattle Puget Sound Health Care System. The expansion is made possible through a partnership between the VA and AT&T. The health care hub will capitalize on the technology with experiments in telemedicine, wearables, and virtual

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01 Feb 2021

Facial Recognition Ethical Framework Launched by BSIA

A new guide has been released by the British Security Industry Association, detailing the ethical and legal uses of facial recognition technology, particularly Automated Facial Recognition (AFR). The document outlines the steps organizations are obligated to take regarding using facial recognition tech responsibly while avoiding ethical issues. The framework seeks

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27 Jan 2021

HHS Makes Strategic Moves to Achieve Ultimate ‘Artificial Intelligence Ambition’

The Health and Human Services Department has released an artificial intelligence strategy that aims to guide the organization in upcoming efforts involving cutting edge technology. The 7-page plan outlines a strategic approach to push the agency into the next era of technology, broadening tech fluency and accelerating AI-centered pursuits. The

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25 Jan 2021

Alphabet Shuts Down Loon

Alphabet has pulled the plug on its plan to bring internet access to remote areas via balloons. Meanwhile, Apple is reportedly working on a new MacBook Air. The project started out as an experiment conducted by Apple’s parent company before breaking off into its own entity in 2018. Although the

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