Emerging Tech

Experts Call for Government to Designate Commercial Space Sector as Critical Infrastructure

The federal government currently deems 16 sectors as critical infrastructure sectors because of their importance.

DHS IG Opens Probe into Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

The investigation is in response to a Congressional inquiry about Customs and Border Protection getting location data from phones.

IRS Moves to Speed Up Contracting Through New Procurement Research Partnership

Data-management, machine learning and acquisition expertise will be combined in this collaboration.

GAO: AI Promising in Health Care, but Challenges Remain

The nascent technology is leading to positive health care outcomes, but issues may impede widespread adoption.

DISA Updates Strategic Tech Priorities Through 2022

The defense agency adjusted its long-term cybersecurity and cloud plans to take into account progress and pivots made for the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NPS Officials Share Fresh Details on Forthcoming Self-Driving Shuttle Pilot

Yellowstone National Park visitors can catch rides on the autonomous shuttles early next summer.

NASA’s Ready for Companies to Put Its ‘Robo-Glove’ to Use

The futuristic, robotic handwear could help people on the job, or if they suffer from limited hand strength.

Soldiers Don’t Trust Robot Battle Buddies. Can Virtual Training Fix That?

Allowing soldiers to train their robot wingmen in game environments could be the key to human-machine teaming.

Critical Update: Inside NASA’s Digital Transformation

The space agency’s digital modernization is aimed at augmenting and improving three key mission areas, according to its chief data officer.

DOD Needs Simulations to Shorten Acquisition Timelines, Official Says

Advancements in modeling and simulation technologies will not only help train warfighters, but “revolutionize” design, acquisition, sustainment and test, the official said.

Lawmakers Want Data to Decide the Future of America’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

New legislation would launch a $10 million grant program to set the scene for what’s to come on the EV-use landscape. 

Government Striving for New Ways of Working

Ensuring necessary and equitable access to services will likely mean a hybrid approach of both digital and physical access for citizens.

Pentagon's AI Ethical Priorities to Be Embedded Into its Coming Data and Development Platform

The JAIC’s new director recently offered fresh details on the joint common foundation.

The Defense Department IG Outlined the Pentagon’s Top Challenges. Here’s Where Tech Fits In.

Two new challenges added this year focus on technological dominance and data as a strategic asset. Tech like hypersonics, microelectronics, AI, 5G and biotechnology were also highlighted.

Pentagon Clarifies Biometrics Database Can Move to Any Secure Cloud, Not Just AWS

While the performance work statement namechecks a specific cloud provider and product, a subsequent amendment and Q&A clarify the Pentagon’s true intent.

Pentagon Teams with Howard University to Steer Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence

The work will hone in on military-centered machine learning application development, research into trustworthy AI tech—and could help boost DOD’s talent pipeline.

How an AI Tool Distinguishes Between a Conspiracy Theory and a True Conspiracy

Machine learning is helping decipher outright conspiracy theories.