19 Mar 2021

Experts Explore the Need for a National Technology Strategy

Experts in Congress are considering the need for a solidified National Technology Strategy due to concerns over US competition with China within the technology industry. Sen. Mark Warner recently led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in introducing a bill that would effectively establish a State Department Office to work solely

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19 Mar 2021

Mom Charged in Deepfake Cheerleading Plot

Raffaela Marie Spone, a 50-year-old mom from Pennsylvania, has been arrested after allegedly leveraging deepfake technology to target several of her daughter’s cheerleading rivals. The incident shows how dangerous deepfake technology is, as Spone used it to tarnish the girls’ reputations. Spone allegedly created deepfake videos that showed the girls

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18 Mar 2021

FDA Approves VA-Made 3D-Printed Hearing Device for South Carolina Veteran

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Veteran’s Affairs Department’s request to implement experimental technology, a 3D printed hearing device, in treatment for a 76-year-old veteran patient experiencing a rare form of hearing loss. The VA’s 3D printed device was created in collaboration with other entities and may

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17 Mar 2021

Lawmakers, Experts, Industry Highlight Need for Ethics After Defense Commission Releases Final AI Report

Experts in technology and security have been highlighting a distinct need for ethics regulations to be put in place after the Defense Commission released its final artificial intelligence report. Former undersecretary of defense for policy Michele Flournoy called the National Security Commission on AI’s final report one of the most

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16 Mar 2021

China’s tech giants fall under regulator’s pressure

China’s tech giants are allegedly experiencing increased pressure from regulators within the country who are worried about growing influence, causing Tencent to drop more than $60 billion from its market value as of Monday. The decrease in market value is largely due to concerns over greater regulator scrutiny. Chinese media

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15 Mar 2021

IBM Announces Cloud Marketplace For Secure Chip Design

IBM has announced that they have established new marketplaces hosted inside a hybrid cloud environment that fosters the secure development of microelectronics. The secure chip design platform will service both the commercial industry and the Defense Department. The marketplace has been named The Marketplace for Advanced, Rapid, Quanifiably-assured, Trusted Semiconductors

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11 Mar 2021

Facebook asks judge to throw out FTC anti-trust lawsuit

The Federal Trade Commission and 45 other states sued Facebook for alleged anti-competitive behavior in December and Facebook has asked a US judge to dismiss these antitrust charges. The lawsuit supports the breaking up of the company and Facebook described the charges as “nonsensical” on Wednesday. The FTC has until

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10 Mar 2021

Elon Musk reveals why the SN10 Starship exploded

Elon Musk has revealed what caused the SN10 Starship to explode on its landing pad a minute after touchdown. The SpaceX CEO stated that the engine was on low thrust, likely due to partial helium ingestion. The impact from this occurrence crushed the rocket’s legs and part of its skirt,

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09 Mar 2021

GSA Joins Cryptocurrency Craze With First-Ever Bitcoin Auction

Later this month, the General Services Administration (GSA) will auction off more than three-quarters of a share of Bitcoin, marking a clear move for the agency into the cryptocurrency realm. This will also be the first time the agency has held a cryptocurrency auction. The GSA has held plenty of

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09 Mar 2021

Mark Zuckerberg says realistic avatars are Facebook’s next big VR bet

According to CEO Mark Zuckerburg, Facebook is capitalizing on new, cutting-edge technology to develop virtual reality headsets that capture users’ facial expressions for more realistic avatars. During a podcast, Zuckerburg explained how Facebook was ready to harness the next decade of virtual and augmented reality, including future Oculus VR devices.

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