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Dec 16, 2023

Healthcare providers to join US plan to manage AI risks

Posted by in categories: government, health, robotics/AI

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) — Twenty-eight healthcare companies, including CVS Health (CVS.N), are signing U.S. President Joe Biden’s voluntary commitments aimed at ensuring the safe development of artificial intelligence (AI), a White House official said on Thursday.

The commitments by healthcare providers and payers follow those of 15 leading AI companies, including Google, OpenAI and OpenAI partner Microsoft (MSFT.O) to develop AI models responsibly.

Biden’s government is pushing to set parameters around AI as it makes rapid gains in capability and popularity while regulation remains limited.

Dec 15, 2023

Eric Schmidt has a 6-point plan for fighting election misinformation

Posted by in category: government

The former Google CEO hopes that companies, Congress, and regulators will take his advice on board—before it’s too late.

The coming year will be one of seismic political shifts.

Dec 14, 2023

Government-Funded Study Explores Warp Drives as Means of Faster-Than-Light Communication through “Hyperwaves”

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This government funded faster-than-light communication research using warp bubbles may be a key to develop FTL travel technology.

Dec 14, 2023

The future of intelligence: artificial, natural, and combined

Posted by in categories: climatology, government, health, policy, Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI, singularity, sustainability

Twenty-four years ago, Ray Kurzweil predicted computers would reach human-level intelligence by 2029. This was met with great concern and criticism. In the past six months technology experts have come around to agree with him. According to Kurzweil, over the next two decades, AI is going to change what it means to be human. We are going to invent new means of expression that will soar past human language, art, and science of today. All of the concepts that we rely on to give meaning to our lives, including death itself, will be transformed.\
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Inventor, Futurist \& Best-selling author of ‘The Singularity is Near’\
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Deputy Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau\
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)\
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Dec 14, 2023

Your robotaxi ride in China is monitored — with video and audio recordings

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI, surveillance, transportation

When it comes to spurring the development of cutting-edge technologies, the Chinese government is rather pragmatic in its policymaking process. In the field of autonomous driving, the country has made some big strides in defining the parameters and limitations for service providers, removing regulatory ambiguity and granting industry players the freedom to test the nascent technology.

The trial guidelines, unveiled by the Ministry of Transport recently, target AV services like robotaxis, self-driving trucks and robobuses. The release arrived about 16 months after the department began seeking public opinions on the regulatory framework, and policymakers have reached a consensus that self-driving vehicles are subject to rigorous surveillance measures to ensure utmost safety.

Prior to the introduction of the nationwide guidelines, policymaking for AVs in China had been playing out in a more decentralized fashion, with local governments formulating their own rules for service providers on their turf. Major tech clusters like Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, for example, have been frontrunners in allowing companies to test AVs with minimum human interference.

Dec 13, 2023

Wild new NASA plasma tech reduces drag during hypersonic flight

Posted by in categories: chemistry, government, military, satellites

According to a notice the agency posted on the government contracting portal SAM.gov on Thursday (Dec. 7), the technology was developed by researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia and has been studied for use in a simulated entry into Neptune’s atmosphere. A separate 2021 study of the same technology studied it for use in the atmosphere of Mars.

Related: Space Force wants ‘Foo Fighter’ satellites to track hypersonic missiles

The agency claims its MHD system is “simpler than conventional methods for control of hypersonic craft (e.g., chemical propulsion, shifting flight center of gravity, or trim tabs) and enables new entry, descent, and landing mission architectures.”

Dec 13, 2023

China claims ‘foreign software’ stealing classified and sensitive data

Posted by in categories: government, security

The government cracks down on geographic data theft, citing national security concerns across key industries.


China has upped the ante on espionage and introduced stricter warnings on possessing unauthorized information related to national interests.

Dec 13, 2023

BAE to get $35M government funding to boost domestic chip production

Posted by in categories: computing, government

As part of the larger multi-billion CHIPS and Science Act, the U.S. Department of Commerce has authorized $35M in funding to upgrade the BAE Systems chip factory.


To help boost domestic production of microchips, the U.S. Government has authorized $35M in funding to BAE Systems in New Hampshire.

Dec 11, 2023

Nvidia CEO Jensen is worth $42 billion but still eats street food at street markets and visits LAN parties during overseas trips, sheds signature leather jacket

Posted by in categories: food, government, internet

This weekend in Vietnam, VNExpress quotes a government diplomat who gushed that Huang is “skipping luxury dinner parties at hotels and high-end restaurants.” He explained that “Jensen chooses street food with flavors and experiences that are hard to match anywhere else.”

If you want to follow in Huang’s footsteps, the source says that the Nvidia CEO was pictured at a sidewalk restaurant on Luong Ngoc Quyen Street (Hanoi). Additionally, he stopped at a restaurant on Hang Non Street to enjoy beef pho and drink coconut water. He also went to a Goan hotpot restaurant in Hang Thiec and drank Giang coffee on Nguyen Huu Huan Street, according to the source report.

Huang didn’t just spend his time eating and drinking in Hanoi this weekend. A Redditor shared some images and information about the Nvidia boss turning up at a “small LAN party.” In the images, you can see Huang on stage at one of the Vikings eSports Arena locations in Hanoi (there seem to be five of these internet cafe-style venues in the city). He posed for photos with various LAN party attendees, and it also looks like he took part in some kind of awards ceremony.

Dec 7, 2023

Chinese migrants look like tourists on US border — lawyer calls clients ‘at least middle class’

Posted by in category: government

A line of well-dressed Chinese migrants with suitcases who have illegally crossed into the California border show how the type of people seeking asylum in the US is changing.

The men stand out from the exhausted and starved migrants who have traveled thousands of miles from South and Central America to the border, according to video from NewsNation.

“There are families who have experienced political oppression at the hands of the Chinese government and many are political dissidents,” immigration attorney Erika Pinheiro told The Post.

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