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2024-04-10 20:57:02
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks to Limit Intellectual Property Derived From Artificial Intelligence

WASHINGTON — A House panel on Wednesday tried to get its hands around the slippery issue of when inventions or... Read More

WASHINGTON — A House panel on Wednesday tried to get its hands around the slippery issue of when inventions or artistic works developed with artificial intelligence should receive intellectual property rights. Intellectual property normally refers to patents for inventions or... Read More

2024-04-09 18:29:07
by Tom Ramstack
Lawmakers Move Forward on Data Privacy Bill

WASHINGTON — The heads of the House and Senate Commerce committees reached an agreement on a data privacy bill this... Read More

WASHINGTON — The heads of the House and Senate Commerce committees reached an agreement on a data privacy bill this week that would override state laws limiting what information corporations can gather on private individuals. It also would give consumers... Read More

2024-04-08 19:54:29
by Dan McCue
Biden Administration Invests $6.6B to Bolster US Chip Manufacturing

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is awarding up to $6.6 billion in grants to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is awarding up to $6.6 billion in grants to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the largest maker of the most advanced microchips in the world, to help support construction of the company’s first major hub... Read More

2024-03-28 20:36:25
by Dan McCue
Silicon Valley-Based Firm Launches ‘Radar as a Service’

BELMONT, Calif. — At first the idea sounds about as un-Silicon Valley as one can get. After all, the basic... Read More

BELMONT, Calif. — At first the idea sounds about as un-Silicon Valley as one can get. After all, the basic concept underlying radar was proven in 1886, when a German physicist named Heinrich Hertz showed that radio waves could be... Read More

2024-03-28 13:23:46
by Dan McCue
Vice President Harris Rolls Out First Government-Wide Policy to Mitigate AI Risks

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday rolled out the Biden administration’s first government-wide policy intended to mitigate the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday rolled out the Biden administration’s first government-wide policy intended to mitigate the risks associated with artificial intelligence while still enabling its use to advance the public interest. The new policy, which is... Read More

2024-03-21 21:00:37
by Tom Ramstack
Lawmakers Say US Semiconductors Sometimes Used by Foreign Adversaries

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel juggled competing interests Thursday of trying to lead the world in industrial development without having... Read More

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel juggled competing interests Thursday of trying to lead the world in industrial development without having the new technologies fall into the hands of foreign militaries that might want to harm the United States. More than... Read More

2024-03-21 16:27:01
by Dan McCue
DOJ, 16 States Sue Apple Over Alleged Smartphone Monopoly

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and 16 state attorneys general sued Apple on Thursday accusing the Cupertino, California-based tech giant... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and 16 state attorneys general sued Apple on Thursday accusing the Cupertino, California-based tech giant of operating an illegal monopoly in the smartphone market. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in... Read More

House Passes Bill That Would Lead to TikTok Ban if Chinese Owner Doesn't Sell. Senate Path Unclear

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday passed a bill that would lead to a nationwide ban of the popular video app... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday passed a bill that would lead to a nationwide ban of the popular video app TikTok if its China-based owner doesn't sell, as lawmakers acted on concerns that the company's current ownership structure is a national... Read More

In New York City, Heat Pumps That Fit in Apartment Windows Promise Big Emissions Cuts

NEW YORK (AP) — For 27 years, the heat in Regina Fred’s Queens apartment building came from a noisy steam... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — For 27 years, the heat in Regina Fred’s Queens apartment building came from a noisy steam radiator that she couldn't control and sometimes didn't come on at all, leaving her shivering. Sometimes, the radiators ran so... Read More

2024-03-07 20:37:21
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Warned US Competition for Biotechnology Creates Promises and Perils

WASHINGTON — New scientific discoveries mean the future is bright for biotechnology but laced with many dangers in the competition... Read More

WASHINGTON — New scientific discoveries mean the future is bright for biotechnology but laced with many dangers in the competition with China, according to expert witnesses at a congressional hearing Wednesday. China’s military dominance of its industries means its biotechnology... Read More

2024-03-07 20:28:49
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Protect Americans Against Foreign Adversaries

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill in the House seeks to protect Americans from the prying eyes of foreign adversaries by... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill in the House seeks to protect Americans from the prying eyes of foreign adversaries by tightening their reins on ByteDance applications, including TikTok. The bill, introduced by Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., and... Read More

Americans Reporting Nationwide Cellular Outages From AT&T, Cricket Wireless and Others

A number of Americans are dealing with cellular outages on AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Verizon, T-Mobile and other service providers, according... Read More

A number of Americans are dealing with cellular outages on AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Verizon, T-Mobile and other service providers, according to data from Downdetector. AT&T had more than 73,000 outages around 9:30 a.m. ET, in locations including Houston, Atlanta and... Read More

2024-02-09 21:47:55
by Tom Ramstack
FCC Bans Robocalls Using Voices Generated by Artificial Intelligence

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission released a decision Thursday to ban robocalls with voices generated by artificial intelligence. The... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission released a decision Thursday to ban robocalls with voices generated by artificial intelligence. The FCC said the robocalls play key roles in rising rates of sophisticated scams, such as calls before the New Hampshire... Read More

Biden Administration Announces $5B Commitment for Research and Development of Computer Chips

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday announced the investment of $5 billion in a newly established public-private consortium... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday announced the investment of $5 billion in a newly established public-private consortium aimed at supporting research and development in advanced computer chips. The National Semiconductor Technology Center is being funded through the CHIPS... Read More

AI Is the Buzz, the Big Opportunity and the Risk to Watch Among the Davos Glitterati

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Artificial intelligence is easily the biggest buzzword for world leaders and corporate bosses diving into big... Read More

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Artificial intelligence is easily the biggest buzzword for world leaders and corporate bosses diving into big ideas at the World Economic Forum’s glitzy annual meeting in Davos. Breathtaking advances in generative AI stunned the world last... Read More

Biden Administration Announces $162M to Expand Computer Chip Factories in Colorado and Oregon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is providing $162 million to Microchip Technology to support the domestic production of computer chips —... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is providing $162 million to Microchip Technology to support the domestic production of computer chips — the second funding announcement tied to a 2022 law designed to revive U.S. semiconductor manufacturing. The incentives announced Thursday include $90 million... Read More

2023-12-29 22:01:44
by Dan McCue
MidAmerican Tests New Lighting System at Three Iowa Wind Farms

DES MOINES, Iowa — MidAmerican Energy has begun testing on a new radar-activated aircraft detection lighting system that the company... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa — MidAmerican Energy has begun testing on a new radar-activated aircraft detection lighting system that the company hopes will dramatically reduce the visual impact of flashing lights on turbines during the overnight hours. If the system works... Read More

2023-12-21 19:24:30
by Tom Ramstack
FTC Proposes Crackdown on Tech Companies for Surveillance of Child Users

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday proposed sweeping new regulations to protect children from surveillance techniques used by... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday proposed sweeping new regulations to protect children from surveillance techniques used by internet companies. The proposed rules could change how social media monetizes data they glean from children’s gaming, learning and internet... Read More

Europe Agreed on World-Leading AI Rules. How Do They Work and Will They Affect People Everywhere?

LONDON (AP) — European Union officials worked into the late hours last week hammering out an agreement on world-leading rules... Read More

LONDON (AP) — European Union officials worked into the late hours last week hammering out an agreement on world-leading rules meant to govern the use of artificial intelligence in the 27-nation bloc. The Artificial Intelligence Act is the latest set... Read More

2023-12-06 23:02:25
by Tom Ramstack
Lawmakers Review Biden’s Order on Artificial Intelligence Development

WASHINGTON — The United States needs to innovate fast or fall behind in the international race to develop artificial intelligence,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The United States needs to innovate fast or fall behind in the international race to develop artificial intelligence, industry executives told Congress Wednesday. The U.S. government took what one witness at the congressional hearing called “a big step”... Read More

2023-12-06 22:31:11
by Dan McCue
HHS Unveils Next Steps to Enhance Cybersecurity of Health Care Records

WASHINGTON — The bad guys in cyberspace want your health care records.  Between 2018 and 2022, there was a 93%... Read More

WASHINGTON — The bad guys in cyberspace want your health care records.  Between 2018 and 2022, there was a 93% increase in large breaches in the health care sector, with a 278% increase in large breaches involving ransomware, according to... Read More

2023-11-29 22:37:46
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Confronted With Pros and Cons of Health Care AI

WASHINGTON — A congressional committee took a cautious step Wednesday into the prospects for artificial intelligence to improve health care.... Read More

WASHINGTON — A congressional committee took a cautious step Wednesday into the prospects for artificial intelligence to improve health care. The benefits could be great but so could the risks to privacy, according to medical personnel who testified before a... Read More

Broadcom Planning to Complete Deal for $69B Acquisition of VMWare After Regulators Give OK

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Computer chip and software maker Broadcom has announced it has cleared all regulatory hurdles and... Read More

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Computer chip and software maker Broadcom has announced it has cleared all regulatory hurdles and plans to complete its $69 billion acquisition of cloud technology company VMware on Wednesday. The company, based in San Jose,... Read More

Insider Q&A: Pentagon AI Chief on Network-Centric Warfare, Generative AI Challenges

The Pentagon's chief digital and artificial intelligence offer, Craig Martell, is alarmed by the potential for generative artificial intelligence systems... Read More

The Pentagon's chief digital and artificial intelligence offer, Craig Martell, is alarmed by the potential for generative artificial intelligence systems like ChatGPT to deceive and sow disinformation. His talk on the technology at the DefCon hacker convention in August was... Read More

2023-11-16 20:43:35
by Tom Ramstack
Federal Trade Commission Offers Prize for Techniques to Control Voice Cloning

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission announced a $25,000 prize Thursday to anyone who can suggest an effective means of... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission announced a $25,000 prize Thursday to anyone who can suggest an effective means of protecting consumers from the artificial intelligence-enabled voice cloning that plays a key role in many scams. The “Voice Cloning Challenge”... Read More

2023-11-13 20:52:08
by Dan McCue
Bell Tolls for First Small Nuclear Power Plant Planned in US 

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The partners behind what would have been the United States’ first operational small modular nuclear reactor... Read More

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The partners behind what would have been the United States’ first operational small modular nuclear reactor have pulled the plug on the project, citing dramatically escalating start-up costs and a lack of takers for its energy.... Read More

2023-11-09 19:35:00
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Wants Laws to Confront Deepfakes That Deceive Consumers

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to play catch-up to the deepfake technology that is showing up on social media and... Read More

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to play catch-up to the deepfake technology that is showing up on social media and could influence who gets elected to political office. Changes to intellectual property and criminal laws are pending in Congress over... Read More

AI Raises Fears About Risks to Humanity. Are Tech and Political Leaders Doing Enough?

LONDON (AP) — Chatbots like ChatGPT wowed the world with their ability to write speeches, plan vacations or hold a conversation as good... Read More

LONDON (AP) — Chatbots like ChatGPT wowed the world with their ability to write speeches, plan vacations or hold a conversation as good as or arguably even better than humans do, thanks to cutting-edge artificial intelligence systems. Now, frontier AI has become the... Read More

2023-10-30 20:31:26
by Dan McCue
Biden Issues ‘Landmark’ Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday issued the first-ever executive order regulating artificial intelligence, imposing sweeping new consumer, security... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday issued the first-ever executive order regulating artificial intelligence, imposing sweeping new consumer, security and rights protections, while also striving to promote innovation and competition. In a call with reporters on Sunday, a senior... Read More

2023-10-30 14:15:02
by Dan McCue
Potential of US Hydrogen Market Takes Center Stage at Summit

WASHINGTON — Events large and small happen in the nation’s capital all the time, but few seem to represent the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Events large and small happen in the nation’s capital all the time, but few seem to represent the level of promise manifested at the recent Hydrogen Americas 2023 summit at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.... Read More

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