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Lara Seligman May 20, 2019
The rollout of Space Force as a separate branch of the US armed services has marked a renewed push for space dominance. Since then, Pentagon officials have been working toward the congressionally mandated deadline of 2022 to build an all-American rocket, powered by American-made engines. Current US rockets rely on Russian-manufactured RD-180 engines to send satellites into space, a remnant of the...
Nayan Chanda May 9, 2019
China’s Belt and Road Initiative supports a range of infrastructure projects connecting more than 60 nations. The digital component could be the most influential part of China’s new trade and transportation hubs, explains Nayan Chanda, founding editor of YaleGlobal Online, in his column for the Times of India. “While the US keeps issuing warnings about the espionage risks of using Chinese 5G...
Zen Soo May 7, 2019
As technologically advanced nations race to develop 5G mobile networks, early selection of standards could determine winners. The United States, for 3G, erred in preferring the CDMA standard over the GSM preferred by the rest of the world, and may make a similar mistake in choosing its 5G airwaves, explains Zen Soo for South China Morning Post. The problem, she explains, “is that initial...
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...