14 Dec 2020

Intel Agencies Seek to Perfect Biometric Recognition from Drones

The intelligence community is seeking to add biometric identification technology to drones, however, it has faced difficulties when implementing facial recognition on the flying devices. Early experiments show that facial recognition technology’s reliability is highly dependent on lighting, camera position, and environmental factors. These elements are difficult to control at

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11 Dec 2020

Pentagon Seeks Software to Analyze Data from Twitter

The Defense Department is seeking open-source intelligence software that can draw on information from social media to create graphics and conduct analysis in real-time, according to a solicitation released by the agency. The agency states that the software would access at least 50 million websites and be able to disseminate

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11 Dec 2020

Intel, Nvidia Face Questions from Lawmakers on Sale of Supercomputing Chips to China

Nvidia and Intel both manufacture and sell advanced computer chips and are now facing heat from lawmakers on their usage by the Chinese government and security forces. The chips are reportedly being used to power a supercomputer that allows China to host and conduct its mass surveillance system. The system

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10 Dec 2020

Bill to Boost CBP’s Synthetic Opioid-Detecting Tech Awaits President’s Signature

On Monday, the Senate passed the bipartisan legislation the DHS Opioid Detection Resilience Act with unanimous consent. The bill was first introduced over a year ago by Republican Representative Clay Higgins and other co-sponsors in the House. The legislation dictates what the responsibilities of the Homeland Security Department in combatting

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10 Dec 2020

SpaceX’s Starship has flown a record 12.5 km into the air

SpaceX, Elon Musks’s space exploration and technology startup, conducted the first-ever high altitude flight of Starship yesterday. Starship is the rocket that the company plans to use as a commercial aircraft and fly humans to the moon and mars. Although the spacecraft did not make a safe landing and rather

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09 Dec 2020

French army gets ethical go-ahead for bionic soldiers

On Tuesday, a French military ethics committee released a report following a decision to allow the French armed forces to develop augmented soldiers. The report considers medical treatments, prosthetics, and implants to improve physical cognitive, psychological, and perceptive capacities. The technology could also allow for enhanced tracking or connectivity of

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09 Dec 2020

Army Looks to Launch Next-Level, Automated Warehouse at Fort Hood

The Army is seeking to transform an existing Supply Support Activity warehouse in Fort Hood into a model of technology use to be implemented in other locations. The warehouse will tap into artificial intelligence, robotics, and other cutting edge technology to speed up operations and reduce the workload on staff.

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09 Dec 2020

Huawei Tested Facial Recognition System That Identifies Uighurs, Report Claims

According to Pennsylvania-based research group IPVM, Chinese tech giant Huawei tested a facial recognition system that aims to specifically identify Uighur Muslims, an ethnic minority group that has been surveilled and oppressed by China. According to documents uncovered by IPVM, the system was built using Huawei cloud infrastructure and tools

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08 Dec 2020

SpaceX gets $886 million from FCC to subsidize Starlink in 35 states

The Federal Communications Commission has awarded a lucrative $885.51 million contract to SpaceX, seeking to have the company provide Starlink broadband to rural homes and businesses in 35 states. The funding is distributed over 10 years, allowing SpaceX to work with $88.5 million per year. The satellite company was one

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07 Dec 2020

China Stakes Its Claim to Quantum Supremacy

Google won international acclaim for its prototype quantum computer last year, which completed a calculation in minutes that would have taken supercomputer thousands of years. On Thursday, the Chinese quantum research group declared that it had achieved quantum supremacy, citing results acquired with its system called Jiuzhang, which completed calculations

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