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The Manufacturing Robot

Artificial Intelligence isn't fully here just yet but programmers, engineers and intellects are on their way to making new robots that can work alongside humans. “…just in the past few years, digital technologies and all their manifestations, including robots, have been breaking out of the little box where they’d been operating and starting to demonstrate capabilities that they never, ever ...

Tesla Plans To Open Car Doors To All Hackers This Summer

Last year, hackers competed to exploit the connected parts of a Tesla Model S to win $10,000. Researchers from Chinese security, search and app store giant Qihoo 360 won. But that competition was not exactly Tesla-approved. Later this year, however, at the Defcon convention in Las Vegas, Tesla plans to open one of Elon Musk’s sleek electric cars to the hacker attendees, allowing them to ...

Washington is trying to recruit Silicon Valley to join ‘Team America’

The Pentagon just closed out a two-day tour to win the hearts, minds, and technical talent of Silicon Valley. At a lecture at Stanford yesterday, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter discussed plans to recruit engineers to the Pentagon’s new cybersecurity force, invest in startups, and establish a Defense Department outpost here in the hoodie of innovation. Next he dropped by Facebook to meet ...

Automakers rev up innovation in the Bay Area

In the future, your car will anticipate your every need, from where you're heading to what you'd like to listen to along the way -- and, of course, drive itself. That's the vision automakers are test-driving in Silicon Valley, which has emerged as ground zero in the race to reimagine the automobile. Car companies ranging from General Motors to Mercedes have set up shop in the nation's hotbed ...

Jaguar Land Rover Is Upset Over Chinese Knockoff

Chinese car company unveiled an Evoque facsimile, called the “Landwind X7,” last year at the Guangzhou Auto Show. Jaguar Land Rover were not happy because it looks exactly like the Range Rover. Jaguar Land Rover is in the midst of a major sales push in China. In order to have enough cars to sell, the company is planning to construct a $US1.8-billion factory to build the Range Rover ...

Chicago makes a bid to be the U.S. hub of digital manufacturing

A new center calls on Boeing, GE, and other companies to solve digital manufacturing’s biggest challenges. Chicago takes a big step toward being a U.S. hub of digital manufacturing this month when the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) opens. Part-incubator, part-research center, the 94,000-square-foot institute will serve as a proving ground for experimenting ...

Why America Has a Shortage of Skilled Workers

A recent report called "The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond" projects that, "Over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled, and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled." This skilled workforce shortage problem is not new. The urgency of the problem was described as far back as ...

How the Internet of Things is shaping modern business

Internet of Things (IoT): The convergence of connecting people, things, data and processes is transforming our life, business and everything in between. The technical definition of The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects accessed through the internet. These objects contain embedded technology to interact with internal states or the external environment. In other words, ...

SpaceX will try to launch, land another Falcon 9 LIVE

Launch of a resupply mission to the ISS scheduled for 4:30 Eastern today. https://livestream.com/spacex Later today, the commercial launch company SpaceX will make another attempt at retrieving its Falcon 9 first stage following a launch. The company's one previous effort had resulted in a rather explosive off-balance landing that damaged the barge that was the intended touch-down ...

Ex-Im Bank approves financing for sale of American-made helicopters for use in Colombia’s offshore oil and gas industry

Washington – The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has approved a $22.4 million loan guarantee to finance the export of U.S.-made AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters to North Pole Investments in Panama for leasing and use in Colombia's offshore oil and gas industry. The lender is Apple Bank for Savings of New York, N.Y. According to Ex-Im Bank estimates derived from Departm...