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Americans Want Big Government Help When Robots and Artificial Intelligence Take Their Jobs

October 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pew Research Center wanted to gauge Americans’ sentiments on robots and computers getting good enough to assume human tasks. The unequivocal reaction? Thanks, but we’ll pass. Respondents in a national survey of 4,135 adults this May reported feeling far more worried than enthused about robots and computers performing jobs...

US Senate Bill Tells Humans to Take a Back Seat: Self-Driving Cars Don’t Need Steering Wheels

October 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is a battle going on in the halls of US congress about self-driving cars: to trust humans, or not to trust them. Less trusting legislators have seized the upper hand. On Oct. 4, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved a bill allowing self-driving cars to be sold without...

An Electric Bus Just Snagged a World Record by Driving 1,100 Miles on a Single Charge

September 19, 2017 The Tesla Model S can cruise for about 550 miles without recharging when pushed to the limit. Proterra just strapped two rooftop batteries on its 18-ton bus and drove the vehicle 1,101.2 miles on a single charge. The Sept. 4 feat at Indiana’s Navistar Proving Grounds reportedly clinched the long...

When Will Self-Driving Electric Cars Make Conventional Cars Worthless?

September 18, 2017 You’re not worrying about it yet, but tens of millions of conventional vehicles could one day be dumped in junkyards and weedy lots when self-driving, electric vehicles make them too expensive by comparison. That day is either close at hand, or a long ways off. It depends on who you...

Sorry, Drones and Self-Driving Cars Won’t Be Delivering Your Amazon Packages Anytime Soon

September 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow E-commerce means more deliveries than ever will pour into the world’s cities. By 2020, e-commerce sales are expected to rise 85%, auguring a flood of packages. With urban congestion bad and getting worse, how will we get all those packages? High-tech solutions to last-mile delivery have been on the horizon...

Donald Trump’s Crackdown on Immigrants Is Spooking US Tech Firms From Even Interviewing Them

August 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow US president Donald Trump and the Republican party have made it a priority to scale back the H-1B and so-called “startup visa” programs in their push for an “America First” policy. Both programs have been put on notice for reform or effective elimination. On Aug. 2, Trump endorsed a proposal...

Trump Keeps Summoning Silicon Valley CEOs to DC Who Get Nothing But Headaches

August 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tech CEOs making the weary (and increasingly wary) pilgrimages to Washington at the behest of the White House may now be having second thoughts. Since winning the presidency last November, President Trump has convened at least three sets of meetings between Silicon Valley’s elite and his administration in Trump Tower...

New Research Shows 'Digital Natives' Are No Better at Technology Than the Rest of Us

July 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Marketers and social theorists love to talk about digital natives. This group is supposedly a generation of early adopters under the age of about 35, uniquely adept at technology compared to their older counterparts. But according to a recent editorial in Nature, these digital natives are a figment of our...

More Silicon Valley Tech Workers Were Born Outside the U.S. Than In It

July 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government has sent a clear message to potential immigrants over the past six months: no jobs here. President Donald Trump’s administration has taken aim at the H-1B visa program, a pathway for many foreign-born workers to join U.S. companies, and recently “delayed” implementation of the so-called start-up visa,...

With Gritted Teeth, Tech Royalty Has Returned To The White House. Here’s The Agenda.

June 19, 2017 President Donald Trump is keen to get cozy with Silicon Valley’s executives. The executives? Not so much. That’s in large part due to tech workers’ anger toward a president who has attacked US immigrants (often their colleagues), vowed to gut visa programs such as the H1-B (which are frequently used...