China Is Catching Up to the US in AI Research–Fast

China Is Catching Up to the US in AI Research–Fast

Government-affiliated AI research papers increased 400 percent between 2007 and 2017, dwarfing the growth from Chinese corporate labs, although China’s state-funded academic institutions still produce most of the country’s research output.

The World's Recycling Is in Chaos. Here's What Has to Happen

The World's Recycling Is in Chaos. Here's What Has to Happen

Like most municipal recycling programs, those cities contract with Duong’s company to collect and sort recyclable waste at its materials recovery facility, where they are baled and sent to end-market processors.

Huawei Sues the US, Prodding It to Prove Suspicions

Huawei Sues the US, Prodding It to Prove Suspicions

Last year President Donald Trump signed a defense spending bill that banned government agencies from buying gear from Huawei and fellow Chinese telecom giant ZTE, and from doing business with companies that use the two companies' technology.

US Lawyers Don’t Buy Huawei’s Argument on Chinese Hacking

US Lawyers Don’t Buy Huawei’s Argument on Chinese Hacking

But the Federal Communications Commission warned last year that use of Huawei’s equipment in US telecom networks might weaken US national security due to the company’s close ties to China’s government, which has been implicated in hacking campaigns against US companies and government agencies.

Devotion Is a Brilliant Videogame—Too Bad You Can't Play It

Devotion Is a Brilliant Videogame—Too Bad You Can't Play It

Devotion is now impossible not to see doubly, as both a brilliant piece of familial horror and a story of backlash and political misunderstanding.

Tariffs, BAT, and Social Credit: A US-China Debate

Tariffs, BAT, and Social Credit: A US-China Debate

Tariffs, BAT, and Social Credit: A US-China Debate Getty Images Over the past few years, China's tech ascension has become one of the hottest topics du jour.

China Will Likely Corner the 5G Market—and the US Has No Plan

China Will Likely Corner the 5G Market—and the US Has No Plan

What’s new about China's massive deployment of fiber, both in its own territory and in its global market along its planned Belt and Road, is that China is likely to permit only 5G equipment made by Huawei and a handful of other Chinese companies to connect to that fiber.

The Green New Deal Is Just the Vague, Audacious Goal We Need

The Green New Deal Is Just the Vague, Audacious Goal We Need

Later calls to the public to rise to the moment include the Marshall Plan to rebuild post-World War II Western Europe; JFK in June of 1963 demanding civil rights legislation, and Lyndon Johnson re-affirming and expanding that a year later, and then articulating a vision for a “great society” that launched a series of government programs ranging from public housing to Medicaid.

China’s Moon Lander Wakes Up From Its Long, Ultra-Cold Night

China’s Moon Lander Wakes Up From Its Long, Ultra-Cold Night

But yesterday, China’s space agency announced that the frigidity of the lunar night is even more intense than we’d thought: The country’s Chang’e 4 spacecraft recorded an icy low of –310 degrees Fahrenheit (–190 degrees Celsius).

Tesla Moves to Build the Model Y After a Gangbusters 2018

Tesla Moves to Build the Model Y After a Gangbusters 2018

To keep things going, Tesla is focusing its efforts on a few key areas, Musk said on an earnings call: reining in costs, improving its service operations, getting Model 3 sedans to customers in Europe and China, and preparing for production of the Model Y, the as-yet-unseen midsize SUV that will follow the Model 3.

The Cast of Black Panther Came to Win

The Cast of Black Panther Came to Win

This week: Black Panther starts picking up trophies, Deadpool has a big weekend in China, and Amazon is shelling out major money at Sundance.

George Soros Attacks China's AI Push as 'Mortal Danger'

George Soros Attacks China's AI Push as 'Mortal Danger'

“I want to call attention to the mortal danger facing open societies from the instruments of control that machine learning and artificial intelligence can put in the hands of repressive regimes,” Soros said.

Bing Went Down in China and No One Will Say Why

Bing Went Down in China and No One Will Say Why

Bing is now available again in the country, but it remains unclear if the outage was caused by technical issues or if the Chinese government intentionally blocked the search engine, if only temporarily.

Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors

Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors

Taiwan's decision follows Australia's announcement last year that it will ban the country's carriers from buying equipment for next-generation 5G networks from Huawei and other Chinese telecom companies over fears of government ties.

Forget the iPhone Shortfall. Apple's All About Services Now

Forget the iPhone Shortfall. Apple's All About Services Now

One Goldman Sachs tech analyst not only slashed Apple’s share price target, but also compared the company’s challenges to those of Nokia in 2007, when that company dominated the global cell phone market and was hit by a sudden shift in how often people upgraded their phones.

The Silver Lining in Apple’s Very Bad iPhone News

The Silver Lining in Apple’s Very Bad iPhone News

And while Apple’s battery scandal of a year ago was a black mark for the company, it at least reminded Apple owners that they didn’t necessarily need a new iPhone.

Security News This Week: Hackers Hit NASA Before the Holidays

Security News This Week: Hackers Hit NASA Before the Holidays

Three days after the magazine contacted Amazon, the company reached out to the customer whose private information had been erroneously shared with a stranger and explained that a staff member had made a “one-time error” that breached his privacy.

How China’s Elite Spies Stole the World’s Most Valuable Secrets

How China’s Elite Spies Stole the World’s Most Valuable Secrets

“It’s a potential foothold into hundreds of organizations.”"More than two-thirds of the Justice Department’s cases involving thefts of trade secrets are connected to China."Deputy attorney general Rod RosensteinFor an even greater sense of scale: The indictment alleges, among other things, that by hacking into a single New York-based MSP, APT10 was able to compromise data from companies in a dozen countries, from Brazil to the United Arab Emirates.

Hacking Diplomatic Cables Is Expected. Exposing Them Is Not

Hacking Diplomatic Cables Is Expected. Exposing Them Is Not

It is news that they totally got caught, though," says Dave Aitel, a former NSA researcher who is now chief security technology officer at the secure infrastructure firm Cyxtera.In the attack Area 1 identified, hackers first breached the European communication network known as Coreu in April 2015, and actively exfiltrated data until last week.

The US Needs to Engage China on Tech—Or Risk Isolating Itself

The US Needs to Engage China on Tech—Or Risk Isolating Itself

More importantly, maintaining links between US and Chinese tech companies and researchers is the best way to keep tabs on China’s increasingly sophisticated surveillance state, which integrates facial recognition technology, artificial intelligence, and swarms of personal data.

Security News This Week: Taylor Swift's Facial Recognition Scans Crowds for Stalkers

Security News This Week: Taylor Swift's Facial Recognition Scans Crowds for Stalkers

But lots of people in Trump's orbit—and the president himself—have plenty of cause for alarm.It also looks increasingly like China was behind the years-long Marriott hack that impacted 500 million people, which in turn means that 2014 was a full-on assault on the US by state-sponsored Chinese hackers.

The WIRED Guide to 5G

The WIRED Guide to 5G

The FCC regulates who can use which ranges, or bands, of frequencies to prevent users from interfering with each other’s signals.Low-Band FrequenciesBands below 1 GHz traditionally used by broadcast radio and television as well as mobile networks; they easily cover large distances and travel through walls, but those are now so crowded that carriers are turning to the higher range of the spectrum.Mid-Band SpectrumThe range of the wireless spectrum from 1 GHz to 6 GHz, used by Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and many other applications.

If China Hacked Marriott, 2014 Marked a Full-on Assault

If China Hacked Marriott, 2014 Marked a Full-on Assault

And if you throw the Marriott data into the mix, which included passport numbers like the OPM trove, the espionage effort seems even more comprehensive."If I were a foreign intelligence service and wanted to get a complete picture about a specific group of people, these are exactly the targets I would select," says Crane Hassold, senior director of threat research at the phishing defense firm Agari who previously worked as a digital behavior analyst for the FBI.

Congress Blew Its Hearing With Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Congress Blew Its Hearing With Google CEO Sundar Pichai

The rhetorical tennis match left precious little time for committee members to explore in any detail the urgent questions around Google's interest in building a censored search engine for China, the company's bulk data collection practices, its recent security breaches, or issues related to competition and antitrust regulation.Like earlier House hearings with tech leaders, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, the day proved heavy on theatrics and light on substance—complete with audience appearances by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Roger Stone, the conservative provocateur who now finds himself at the center of the Russia probe.The hearing was more than a missed opportunity for both lawmakers and members of the public.

5 Questions Congress Should Ask Google's Sundar Pichai

5 Questions Congress Should Ask Google's Sundar Pichai

At the time, Google's support page claimed that "With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored." After the AP report was published, the company updated the language to say, "Your settings for other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device, are not changed." This impacts Android users and iPhone users who have the Google Maps app.Google said it collects this data to "improve people’s experience" and allows people to delete this history whenever they want.

Watch This New Monster-Filled Godzilla Trailer Right Now

Watch This New Monster-Filled Godzilla Trailer Right Now

In today's installment: Stranger Things readies for its third season; a new look at Godzilla: King of the Monsters surfaces; and Aquaman makes a splash in China.Rodan, I Wish I Was Your MothraWoof!

A Huawei Exec’s Arrest Complicates the US-China Trade Dispute

A Huawei Exec’s Arrest Complicates the US-China Trade Dispute

But the arrest of Meng Wanzhou will strain future negotiations as Beijing will likely see the move as part of a broader pattern of US aggression against China, says Paul Triolo, who focuses on technology for the political risk-consulting firm Eurasia Group.

China Is Both the Best and Worst Hope for Clean Energy

China Is Both the Best and Worst Hope for Clean Energy

That’s going to require every nation to make changes, as well as individual cities, states and businesses.“It will require things that are more aggressive, like shutting down existing power plants and by 2030, we probably need to reduce global coal power production by 70 or 80 percent,” says Nathan Hultman, director of the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland.Hultman, who worked on climate issues in the Obama White House, says the solutions may be politically impossible for now.

The ‘Star Wars Holiday Special,’ a ‘Lego Movie 2’ Trailer, and More Culture News

The ‘Star Wars Holiday Special,’ a ‘Lego Movie 2’ Trailer, and More Culture News

Special stars stage actor (and former starfighter) Lance Guest, and runs through January—just in time for your end-of-the-year Life Day festivities.Everything Is Awesome...rA newly released second trailer for next year’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part features a deeper look at the sequel to 2014’s deconstructing hit comedy.

Google Internet Traffic Wasn't Hijacked, But It Was Out of Control

Google Internet Traffic Wasn't Hijacked, But It Was Out of Control

On Monday, a Google spokesperson said that the company didn't see signs of malicious hijacking, and instead suspected that the Nigerian ISP Main One had accidentally caused the problem."The problem here is a failure to apply basic best current practices to these routing sessions."Roland Dobbins, NetscoutThere are minimum best practices that ISPs should implement to keep BGP routes on the up and up.

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