Science & Technology

Donald Harrison, Google’s president for global partnerships and corporate development, testifies via live video feed before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee during a hearing on anti-competitive online advertising in Washington on Sept. 15.

Make Surveillance Capitalists Pay Their Dues

Congressional action has typically left big tech firms intact, instead mandating that they improve access for all consumers. Washington should stick to that model.

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If You Want to Keep Talent Out of China, Invest at Home

Retaining the U.S. advantage needs funding, not xenophobia.

An employee at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees scans the eye of an Afghan refugee at the UNHCR registration center in Peshawar, Pakistan on June 23, 2016.

Big Brother Turns Its Eye on Refugees

Biometrics have crept into humanitarian aid, but the systems may disadvantage women who need help most.

A woman uses her phone as she walks past an ATM for the digital currency bitcoin in Hong Kong on Dec. 18, 2017.

The Greenback Needs a Digital Makeover

To preserve the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency, the United States can’t let China get ahead on cryptocurrency.

A bidder wears a tie depicting a ringing mobile phone prior to the start of Germany’s auction for the construction of an ultra-fast 5G mobile network in Mainz on March 19, 2019.

China Isn’t the Only Problem With 5G

The network has plenty of other security weaknesses, including ones the United States doesn’t want to fix since they help its own surveillance efforts.

A journalist takes pictures of a projection screen prior to the start of Germany's auction for the construction of a 5G mobile network in Mainz on March 19.

The U.S.-Chinese Trade War Just Entered Phase 2

Its next chapter will be fought through export and import controls, investment restrictions, and sanctions—and the United States should prepare itself now.

Team Tartan Rescue's CHIMP (CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform) robot uses a hand-held power tool during the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge in California on June 6, 2015.

The United States Needs a Strategy for Artificial Intelligence

Without one, it risks missing out on all the technology’s benefits—and falling behind rivals such as China.

A woman views the artist Refik Anadol’s Archive Dreaming installation, which uses artificial intelligence to visualize nearly 2 million historical Ottoman documents and photographs in Istanbul on May 6, 2017.

Artificial Intelligence Isn’t an Arms Race

And by treating it like one, the United States could miss out on its real potential.

Participants including Saudi women attend a hackathon prior to the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Jeddah on Aug. 1, 2018.

China Could Be the Big Winner of Saudi Arabia’s Race to Become a Tech Hub

Beijing is a natural partner to fast and cheap development, but Riyadh should be wary of alienating its allies.

AT&T executive Randall Stephenson, right, explains  5G cellular network deployment to U.S. President Donald Trump on June 22, 2017. (Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty Images)

Here’s How the United States Can Keep Its Technological Edge

Washington needs to do more to foster and protect the country’s innovation ecosystem.

"Han the Robot" waits on stage before a discussion about the future of humanity in a demonstration of artificial intelligence (AI) by Hanson Robotics at the RISE Technology Conference in Hong Kong on July 12, 2017.
Artificial intelligence is the dominant theme at this year's sprawling RISE tech conference at the city's harbourfront convention centre, but the live robot exchange took the AI debate to another level. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE        (Photo credit should read ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is Using America’s Own Plan to Dominate the Future of Artificial Intelligence

The Chinese are massively investing in AI research and tech, while the Trump administration is cutting federal programs wholesale.

Activists rally on Capitol Hill during the March for Science April 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Thousands of people joined a global March for Science with Washington the epicenter of a movement to fight back against what many see as an "assault on facts" by populist politicians. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

How the White House Lost Its Brains

Failing to appoint scientific advisors to the president is putting national security at risk.

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Microsoft Wins Closely Watched Email Privacy Case Over Feds

Federal agents can't get access to emails stored overseas, court rules.

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Innovations: Why the Future of War Might Look Like Vegas

A naval laser light show, a cactus-inspired hydrogen car, and a new way to keep space clean.

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The Exchange: When Do African Problems Need African Solutions?

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Ory Okolloh discuss the continent's brain drain and debate the best ways to keep talent at home.

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A Head of STEAM

The case for teaching arts in the Digital Age.

Worker prepares the collaborative dual-arm robot YuMi at the Swiss automation group ABB booth at the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair in Hanover, central Germany on April 13, 2015. India is the partner country of this year's trade fair running until April 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ        (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The Brainbelt Awakening

It’s time to stop championing the "lonely heroes" of innovation like Apple, Google, and Amazon and rally around the ingenuity of the world’s waning industrial communities.