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Politics is Distracting American Workers and May Be Killing U.S. Productivity

May 28, 2017 America’s national obsession with White House revelations tumbling out on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis appears to be sapping productivity. We’ve had survey data for a while to suggest a hit on US productivity was coming. A February survey commissioned by goal-tracking software BetterWorks found almost a third of American...

The U.S. Is Using so Much Solar Power That It Will Have to Prepare for the August Eclipse

May 3, 2017 In the ancient world from the Mayans to the Egyptians, a solar eclipse portended one thing: “a disruption of the established order,” says E. C. Krupp, director of the Griffith astronomical observatory in Los Angeles. So it is today. With a solar eclipse due to sweep across the US on...

Here's a Look at New Exosuits for the Civilian World

May 2, 2017 Hollywood set a high bar for exoskeleton suits. Technology imagined in Iron Man, Aliens, and Edge of Tomorrow all endow humans with superhuman abilities. After years of tinkering and military adventures, the first exoskeleton suits are finally walking out of the lab and into the market. Rather than battle extraterrestrials,...

Robot Exoskeletons Are Finally Here, And They’re Nothing Like the Suits From 'Iron Man'

May 2, 2017 Hollywood set a high bar for exoskeleton suits. Technology imagined in "Iron Man," "Aliens" and "Edge of Tomorrow" all endow humans with superhuman abilities. After years of tinkering and military adventures, the first exoskeleton suits are finally walking out of the lab and into the market. Rather than battle extraterrestrials,...

Silicon Valley’s Finest Are Finally Developing a Code of Ethics

April 21, 2017 Resistance begins at home. For Silicon Valley, that means transforming an unprecedented protest movement against President Donald Trump’s young presidency into something more than signs and slogans. To do so, software engineers and executives in the Valley are writing a set of civic values they hope will become the minimum...

People Are Ready For Flying Cars—But Only If They Drive Themselves

April 19, 2017 We all want flying cars. We just don’t want drivers. The University of Michigan polled Americans on their preferences for “flying cars,” and the results show that nearly half are ready to commute by air. Of the 508 adults polled, 221 said they were “very interested” in a taxi-like, self-driving/self-flying...

Orlando Wants to Turn Its Entire City Into a Theme Park for Self-Driving Cars

March 20, 2017 The Florida resort destination better know for boy bands and Disney World is vying to become the self-driving car capital of the world. Orlando has a smooth plan for embracing the new technology: Turn the city into the globe’s largest test track, and give the tourist, defense and tech industries...

Programming While Black Will Cost You $10,000 in Salary

February 9, 2017 Racial discrimination may be alive and well in the technology industry. The online hiring platform Hired released its 2017 State of Salaries report today (Feb. 9). The San Francisco-based company has a database of 280,000 interview requests and job offers for 45,000 engineers and technologists on its platform. Hired lets...

San Francisco Is Actually One of the Worst-Paying Places in the US for Software Engineers

February 9, 2017 Software engineers are among the highest-paid workers in the US: the average salary for a Silicon Valley developer is around $120,000, about three times the median wage in the rest of the country. (This is how good it is in this particular sector of the US economy: even summer interns...

Documents Reveal Tesla Is Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Its Updated Gigafactory

February 7, 2017 Tesla is showing no signs of slowing as it races to build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery factory. A joint-venture with Panasonic, its Gigafactory in the Nevada desert is key to Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s vision of producing the cheapest, most powerful batteries, which will be used in its upcoming...