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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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Video: Google Shares What It's Been Developing

May 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you're reading this, there's a very high chance that you've relied on a product or service from Google to get you through your day. Throughout this year, look for new improvements to those everyday technologies. At it's developer conference on Wednesday, Google announced its improved artificial intelligence will power...

The ISS Has Made its 100,000th Orbit of Earth

May 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On May 16, the International Space Station passed its 100,000th orbit around planet Earth. The first portion of the station was launched 17 years ago. It continues to travel at 17,500 miles per hour and it makes those orbits around the world in just 90 minutes. Here's some numbers to...

Video: Can the AI Behind AlphaGo Teach Us About Humanity?

May 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Earlier this year, Google's AI program, AlphaGo, achieved a remarkable feat -- it defeated a human being in the ancient game of Go. And it wasn't just any human being. The AI beat the best Go player in the world, Lee Sedol. The final score of the tournament was 4...

Video: Google Wants You To Test Its Self-Driving Cars

May 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to ride in a self-driving car and make money at the same time? Arizona residents are in luck! The tech giant recently posted a job opening for driverless vehicle testers. The official job title is "self-driving safety specialist." The job would require you to ride in the vehicle for...

Video: 3 Ways to Make the Most of Google Docs

May 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google Docs can be an essential tool for collaborating in the workplace and for working remotely. The word processor has a few extra features you might not know about, like "Voice Typing." Located in the tool bar, this lets you dictate what you want to write when you're on the...

Video: High-Speed Hyperloop Test Carried Out in Las Vegas

May 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco in only half an hour. Elon Musk's dream of high-speed, energy-efficient travel came one step closer to reality yesterday. Hyperloop One, one of two private companies developing a so-called hyperloop, used electric propulsion to send a motorized sled down a half-mile track...

Video: Visit the Bottom of the Ocean with Virtual Reality

May 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What's the best way to explore deep-sea vents? It's a high -emperature, high-pressure environment where no humans can go. For researchers at the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the answer is virtual reality. In March, a team deployed remotely operated robots 3,600 feet deep off the coast of Samoa. For 150 hours,...

Video: Why Is Twitter Blocking Intelligence Agencies From Data Mining Tweets?

May 10, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. intelligence agencies can no longer use a data service that provides trend analysis on every tweet ever, known as Dataminr, according to recent news reports. Many companies and media organizations subscribe to the service to better understand what's going on around the world. But for the intelligence community, it...

Video: Drone Delivery Startup Hopes to Save Lives in Rwanda

May 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The future of drone delivery networks may begin in Africa. Startup Zipline plans to start using drones this summer to drop medical supplies and blood to remote areas of Rwanda, where access to roads is often cut off during flooding – all for the same cost as delivery via truck....

Video: Meet the AI That Will Kill Siri and Order Pizza for You

May 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hey, iPhone users, are you tired of Siri not being able to do much besides pull up search results? No need to despair: The team behind Siri has recently built Viv, a virtual assistance with actual artificial intelligence. This means users can talk to the virtual assistant more like a...

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