China’s push to take over global technology leadership is relentless. It wants to lead in computing, semiconductors, research and development, and clean energy. It is accelerating science investment as the U.S. retreats. China may be planning a moon base. Surprised? Don’t be. It will soon have a manned space station. It is investing heavily in quantum technologies and it wants to be first to build an exascale supercomputer. In 2010, Computerworld looked at “Five reasons why China will rule tech.” Here's an update, and the case for China has grown stronger. 1. China’s big science ambitions include a moon base In the 1950s, the U.S. considered establishing a 12-man Army base on the moon by 1965. The idea was too ambitious for the time and was dropped. Meanwhile, China has set its sights on a permanent lunar base. Richard Fisher, a senior fellow of Asian military affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, sees the possibility. “The … [Read more...] about 5 reasons why China will rule tech, 2017 edition
This is part of our Road Trip 2017 summer series "The Smartest Stuff," about how innovators are thinking up new ways to make you — and the world around you — smarter. I lean back against the gray, microfiber-lined cushions inside an egg-shaped pod, and prop my feet on the matching footrest. Black headphones fit snugly over my ears as a spa concierge taps on a Samsung tablet mounted beside me."This meditation dome is your personal retreat," the screen reads. "It is a space to calm your senses, relieve stress and align your mind and body."Exactly what I need. The concierge lowers an illuminated white dome over my body, making me feel like I'm inside a cocoon. I can see my feet peeking out from under the pod, warding off any sense of claustrophobia. The dome is bathed in a soft light from the LEDs, which glow bright green (a color that "stimulates inner peace," according to the brochure).A woman's soothing voice tells me to close my eyes. "Take the brief pause … [Read more...] about Try this meditation tech to fight tech stress. Seriously.
This is part of CNET's "It's Complicated" series about the role technology plays in our relationships. Love letters have been dead so long it's not worth giving them a eulogy. Gone are the days of living vicariously through the saccharine letters exchanged between Ronald and Nancy Reagan. And gone is the paper trail that gave us way too much insight into the depth of James Joyce's affection for his wife Nora. Times have changed, and our romantic exchanges have evolved from infrequent letters fraught with longing and desire, to quick, GIF-laden, emoji-rich text messages. There are probably one or two Cyranos left out there, but let's be honest: The world lives in bite-size chunks, and we all seem to prefer it that way. People are reading more short stories on their pocket-size screens. Snapchat's success rests on the backs of 5-second messages. Even the NBA is considering speeding up games to accommodate for shorter attention spans. It's only natural we'd … [Read more...] about What a love letter looks like in 2017
This story is part of our Road Trip 2016 summer series "Life, Disrupted," about how technology is helping with the global refugee crisis -- if at all. Just over a year ago, Ekaterina Rzhechitskaya and her husband began seriously considering an offer they hadn't expected their company to make: a relocation from their home in Ukraine's capital to a tiny province in Canada. Rzhechitskaya, pregnant with her first child, was anxious to escape her country's deepening troubles. A deadly Russian separatist movement had been pulling Ukraine apart for months. RevJet, the digital marketing company she'd worked at for two years, had offices near the parliament in Kiev, where bloody protests were occurring. The couple didn't feel safe. Accepting RevJet's proposal, however, would take her family half a world from the people she loves. She wasn't sure she was ready to be so far away. "The hardest part about leaving was knowing we would be separated," says Rzhechitskaya from RevJet's new offices in … [Read more...] about From Ukraine with hope: A tale of tech migrants
Things just keep getting smarter. "Smart" doorbells, phones, speakers, cars -- even forks.But how do you know what's really the smartest stuff? What things inspire a sense of wonder, change our perceptions or make a difference in the way we live and work? And who are the people working on the future, today? We wanted to find out. So after months of research and planning, the CNET News team packed their bags to visit interesting people working on the kinds of gee-whiz, cool stuff that reminds us why tech is so much fun. More than a dozen reporters, photographers and videographers journeyed thousands of miles to find out firsthand what smart people are doing to make us -- and the world around us -- smarter.This is Road Trip 2017: The Smartest Stuff. We followed in the footsteps of Princess Diana, guided by an organization that's using Google Earth to sniff out land mines in Angola. We saw drones being used to deliver lifesaving medicines to remote clinics and doctors in Rwanda. We drove … [Read more...] about Here’s to tech making your life a whole lot smarter