U.S. Chipmaker Qualcomm Terminates Joint Venture with China

Qualcomm Inc., the U.S. company that makes the chips used in many popular smartphone models, has decided to terminate a joint venture with the government of China’s Guizhou province. The company established by this venture in 2016, Huaxintong Semiconductor Technologies (HXT), will reportedly cease operations by April 30.

China court 'bans sales' of chips from US firm Micron

Taiwan Arrests Six BASF Engineers for Leaking Tech to China

Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB), which is roughly equivalent to the American FBI, on Monday announced the arrest of six engineers who work for a Taiwanese branch of Germany’s BASF SE chemical manufacturing corporation.

German chemicals giant BASF has agreed to merge its Wintershall oil and gas unit with the DEA energy firm

Study Projects 34 Billion Internet Connections by 2020

The growth of the Internet has been one of the most astounding developments in human history, and it shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, a new report from Business Insider predicts the number of devices connected to the Internet will more than double over the next five years – from 10 billion in 2015, to 34 billion in 2020. That works out to a 28 percent compound annual growth rate.

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Machines’ Evolution and Cambridge’s Mother-Robot

Technology’s advance is bringing us closer to the uncomfortable point at which organic and mechanical life begins to merge. That’s really what the growing ethical, legal, and practical conflicts in science boil down to.


L.A. Library Teaches Kids to Code 

The Los Angeles Public Library has created a program to teach coding to elementary and middle school children, using a grant from the Eureka leadership program.

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Study Finds Mobile Device Addicts are Multiplying Across the World

In its second annual report on consumer mobility, the Bank of America found that Americans are more plugged in than ever, with 71 percent even admitting that they sleep with their cell phones next to them. This, the BoA said, is evidence of a growing rate of addiction to mobile devices.


Kurzweil: Men Will Become as Gods – For $1000

You’ll be able to buy a human brain’s worth of computing power for a thousand bucks in 2020 (which means just about everyone will have it.) You’ll be able to buy a machine with the computing power of all human minds combined for a thousand bucks by 2040. What will a thousand dollars buy in 2060, or 2100? A demigod?


Presbyterian Pastor: Christ’s Redemption Also for Machines

It may be time to think about baptizing the Terminator, according to Reverend Christopher Benek, an associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, who believes that religion may help artificial intelligence live alongside human beings. “I don’t see Christ’s redemption limited to human beings. It’s redemption to all of creation, even AI. If AI is autonomous, then we have should encourage it to participate in Christ’s redemptive purposes in the world,” he said.

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China Blocks Reuters Websites

(Reuters) – The news websites of Reuters, including those in English and Chinese, were inaccessible in China on Friday, after users first experienced difficulties accessing them late on Thursday.