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Sebastian Spence April 17, 2019
With great strides in robotics, some analysts worry about domination, military applications, data collection and destruction of society. “AI increasingly shapes rivalry between the great powers,” explains Sebastian Spence for New Statesman, hence an intense trade war and worries about theft of intellectual property. “Venture capitalist Ian Hogarth has predicted the emergence of ‘AI nationalism...
Susan Crawford April 10, 2019
Communities may be rushing toward new technologies, particularly 5G networks, without considering health consequences. The 5G networks, unlike previous technologies, rely on high-frequency radio waves emitted from small cells in close proximity. Regulators rely on standards more than two decades old that focus on heat rather than other effects of radio-frequency waves and electromagnetic...
Keith Johnson and Elias Groll April 9, 2019
Huawei emerged on the world stage as a tech-savvy company in 2009 after replacing Norway’s entire mobile phone grid. In the ensuing decade, Huawei solidified its place as a global tech magnate and now stands poised as leader in the 5G network race that could dominate 21st century technologies like artificial intelligence. A combination of factors including governmental support, low cost and...
April 3, 2019
Nations are competing to launch 5G networks and anticipate a burst of spin-off innovations contributing to economic growth. South Korea is the first to launch a 5G network described as 20 times faster than the current 4G, or fourth-generation networks. Each generation enables new technologies and control of data “The superfast communications heralded by fifth-generation wireless technology will...
Rick Noack April 2, 2019
India became the fourth country in the world to destroy a satellite in low orbit, but in the process created space junk that threatens the International Space Station. India’s satellite was 186 miles and the ISS typically travels at least 205 miles from Earth, but the missile attack shot debris into higher space, explains Rick Noack for the Washington Post. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine...
Pranab Dhal Samanta March 28, 2019
India’s prime minister announced that the country conducted an anti-satellite weapons test against a low-orbit target. Pranab Dhal Samanta explains for the Economic Times that most observation satellites operate in low orbit, providing navigation, surveillance and communication services. China launched its first low-orbit satellite in December and plans to add 150 more before 2025. “There’s no...
David Sanger, Julian Barnes, Raymond Zhong and Marc Santora February 5, 2019
With the advent of the fifth-generation networks – technology that would revolutionize data transfer and better serve virtual reality and artificial intelligence tools – the Trump administration seeks support from NATO allies to prevent China from gaining a foothold in the 5G race. Starting with the United Kingdom and Germany, the Trump administration argues that any economic benefit from using...