Ideas

Agencies Should Embrace Low-Code for Its Speed and Power

Drag-and-drop coding platforms can help agencies that are short on technical staff. 

Emerging Tech

Air Force to Spend $31M to Research How Lasers, Energy Weapons Affect Operators

The service awarded a research contract to General Dynamics IT to gain insights into how directed energy weapons affect the humans using them.

CIO Briefing

For DOD, Innovation Isn’t the Problem. So What Is?

Three officials from varying military offices focused on innovation asserted that the department’s research and development game is strong, it’s the follow-through that causes problems.

Emerging Tech

DHS Plans to Expand Social Media Collection on Refugees and Immigrants

The agency wants the public to weigh in on its plan to change its data gathering practices.

Ideas

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Raises Legal and Ethical Concerns

Policymakers should establish a number of safeguards around AI, much as they did when genetic testing became commonplace.

Cybersecurity

Pentagon, NSA Laying Groundwork for AI-Powered Cyber Defenses

Officials are developing a consistent framework for collecting cyber data, which could ultimately help train tools to monitor networks and detect suspicious behavior.

Emerging Tech

Federal RPA Solutions Have One Thing In Common: No Two Are Alike

Robotic process automation leads from across government and industry met this week to share early lessons learned from efforts to automate federal agencies.

Emerging Tech

White House Launches New Committee to Advise on Quantum Efforts

It’s all part of a continuing initiative to sustain American leadership in the quantum space.

Emerging Tech

Lawmaker: Congress Needs to Focus on China or Risk Being Lapped

A Hawaii lawmaker said Congress needs more focus—and expertise—on the many threats China poses to the U.S.

Ideas

The Dangers in Smart Cities

Smart cities make for a larger attack footprint, and more potentially devastating results from a breach or hack.

Emerging Tech

How AI Will Predict Chinese and Russian Moves in the Pacific

As Pacific Air Forces builds a picture of normal traffic, they'll start looking for suspicious patterns — and even predict what's coming.

IT Modernization

Watchdog: IT Troubles Limited FEMA’s Response to 2017 Hurricanes, Wildfires

The flaws, some of which date back more than a decade, left first responders scrambling to gather, share and access critical information.

Emerging Tech

World’s Fastest Academic Supercomputer Unveiled in Texas

The new system will power new discoveries for researchers from across the U.S. and world.

Emerging Tech

The Trump Administration’s Plan to Usher in ‘Second Bold Era’ of Science and Technology

The administration’s lead budget and science policy shops released an outline of funding priorities to maintain America’s competitiveness through research and development of new technologies.

Ideas

Cryptology from the Crypt: How I Cracked a 70-year-old Coded Message from Beyond the Grave

The code was created by the late Cambridge professor and scientist Robert Henry Thouless, who passed away in 1984.

Emerging Tech

You Won't Believe How Well This Algorithm Spots Clickbait

With training from humans and machines, an artificial intelligence model can outperform other clickbait detectors, according to new research.

Emerging Tech

How an Autonomous Self-Assembling Space Robot Could Transform NASA’s Future Missions

The Archinaut One could support NASA’s efforts to reach the moon and Mars—and one day, potentially defend itself in outer space.

Emerging Tech

Why Agencies Aren’t Buying More Electric Vehicles

Federal fleets are getting more energy-efficient, but officials said electric vehicles aren’t viable at this time.

Emerging Tech

3D-Printed Salt Gives Form to Absorbable Bone Implants

3D-printed ‘salt templates’ have paved the way for new porous magnesium scaffolds for creating bone implants the body can absorb, researchers report.