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The Marines Won’t Be Using Google’s Robot Dogs Because They Fail a Pretty Basic Test

December 30, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Before we see the robots coming for us, it seems we’ll be able to hear them coming. Boston Dynamics, the robotics company owned by Google’s parent Alphabet, has been working with DARPA, the Pentagon’s research division, to build an autonomous robot that could carry supplies for troops. DARPA first showed...

The US Marines Won’t Be Using Google’s Robot Dogs Because They Fail a Pretty Basic Test

December 29, 2015 Before we see the robots coming for us, it seems we’ll be able to hear them coming. Boston Dynamics, the robotics company owned by Google’s parent Alphabet, has been working with DARPA, the Pentagon’s research division, to build an autonomous robot that could carry supplies for troops. DARPA first showed...

Ford Reportedly in Talks with Google to Build More Self-Driving Cars

December 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google wants to turn its research in autonomous vehicles into an independent business, and Ford may be the automaker to get it started. The two companies are in talks to build a fleet of self-driving cars, according to Auto News. It’s unclear whether Ford would create a new and unique...

Twitter Notifies Users of ‘State-Sponsored’ Hacks

December 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter has notified a group of users it believes may have had their accounts hacked by “state-sponsored actors” over the weekend, the Guardian reported today (Dec. 14). The publication lists over 30 accounts that have apparently been contacted via email by the social-networking site. Notification by @twitter : You've been...

FAA Gets Serious About Drones

December 14, 2015 The Federal Aviation Administration announced today (Dec. 14) that starting next week, all drone owners will have to register their drones to fly them in the US. To encourage owners to register, the process will be free online for the next month, but after Jan. 20, 2016, anyone wanting to...

Robots Are Now Fighting Fires in Australia

December 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Looking like a cross between a Transformer and one of those machines that wraps up Christmas trees, a new robot is being tested by the New South Wales Fire and Rescue department. The TAF 20—short for Turbine Aided Firefighting—is a robot built in partnership by the Italian engineering firm EmiControls...

Video: 2015 Was Another Year of Dumb Robots

December 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This was the year we were supposed to get hoverboards and flying cars. Instead we got more robots that fall over. Even though they were all over the news, television, and cinema screens this year, robots have not really entered the mainstream yet. They may build our cars and clean...

The US Government Wants IBM to Build Quantum Computers for It

December 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As we approach the physical limits of shrinking the components on computer chips, it’s getting harder to attain more computing power. But quantum computers—which rely on the strange properties of atom-sized logic gates—could have exponentially more power than even today’s most advanced supercomputers. These machines could be used to develop...

America's Spies Want to Speed Up IBM's Quest for a Quantum Computer

December 9, 2015 As we approach the physical limits of shrinking the components on computer chips, it’s getting harder to attain more computing power. But quantum computers—which rely on the strange properties of atom-sized logic gates—could have exponentially more power than even today’s most advanced supercomputers. These machines could be used to develop...

18 Internet of Things Devices That Have No Business Being Connected to the Internet

December 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the near future, if analysts and media reports are to be believed, every object in our lives will be connected to the Internet in some capacity. We’ll be in constant contact with our homes, clothing, cars, and offices, receiving information and giving out commands on the fly. Our ovens...