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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: Obama Discusses His Artificial Intelligence Fears

October 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Barack Obama has taken on the position of guest editor for Wired magazine for the month of October. He sat down to discuss his views on the intersection of government and technology, the advent of artificial intelligence and its many applications and implications. So, is Obama concerned about a...

Video: Electric Fuel Cell Vehicles Join Energy Department Fleet

October 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department and National Park Service recently begun using electric fuel cell vehicles in their fleets. The cars, which are hydrogen-powered and only emit water vapor, were gifted by Toyota and Hyundai. This is the first time an EFCV will be used by any federal agency. Energy plans to...

Video: Obama on Fixing Government With Technology

October 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Barack Obama, who has always been a tech-savvy politician, is taking on the role of Wired guest editor for the month. He recently sat down to discuss his view of the relationship between technology and government. Obama drew a distinction between the government adapting technology to do a better...

Video: How Will GSA Initiatives Fare During the Presidential Transition?

October 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration might soon undergo many changes. Nextgov's own Mohana Ravindranath participated in a roundtable discussion on GSA's attempt to increase collaboration with industry as well as how the agency will fare during the upcoming presidential transition. Specifically, how will the transition affect GSA's most notable initiatives like...

Video: What It's Like to Control a Robot Avatar

October 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Using a robotic avatar to go places a human body can't is the stuff of sci-fi dreams. That's why Japanese airline ANA is sponsoring the Avatar XPrize. "So the goal of the Avatar Xprize is a contest that will bring all the makers together to create a general purpose avatar...

Video: What Chatting in Virtual Reality Looks Like

October 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The future of telework could lie in a virtual reality headset. At the recent Oculus Connect Conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg debuted a live social platform for virtual reality, called a VR Chat. Inside the chat, participants have an avatar that can display different moods, depending on what you choose...

Video: Keep Facebook Messages Private Using End-to-End Encryption

October 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whether you're worried about the privacy of your data or just want to keep conversations away from prying eyes, encrypting messages can be a good solution. Facebook has recently debuted a new feature in its messenger app to do just that, called "secret conversation." Only you and the recipient can...

Video: Energy Department's 3-D Printed House

October 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine being able to print your own brand-new house. The Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory made the first strides in doing just that, creating a prototype of a 3-D printed home, and dubbed it the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy demonstration project, or AMIE. The house comes complete with a...

NASA's Curiosity Rover Begins Its Next Phase

October 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since landing on the red planet in August 2012, NASA's Curiosity Rover has spent its time exploring the Martian terrain, taking over 180,000 images and collecting and analyzing samples of the environment that perhaps once held water. On Oct. 1, NASA gave Curiosity a 2-year mission extension. So what's next...

Video: This App May Save You From Email Overload

October 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Frustrated by an onslaught of emails? A new app called Alto, developed by AOL, could be the answer. Alto gathers emails from multiple accounts, both personal and work, and scans them for keywords to automatically filter them into categories like personal, shopping and photo, for any emails with a photo...