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VA Aims To Reduce Administrative Tasks With AI, Machine Learning (Alexandra Kelley, Nextgov)

Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs are looking to increase efficiency and optimize their clinicians’ professional capabilities, featuring advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.

In a November presolicitation, the VA seeks to gauge market readiness for advanced healthcare device manufacturing, ranging from prosthetic solutions, surgical instruments, and personalized digital health assistant technology, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities.

VA Aims To Reduce Administrative Tasks With AI, Machine Learning – Nextgov

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Technology

The Future of 5G: Not There Yet, But Getting Closer, Officials Say (Patience Wait, Nextgov)

For several years now, the telecommunications industry has been promoting 5G and its immense potential to turbocharge business and citizen activities. During the Nextgov 5G Futures virtual conference on Dec. 2, a couple of experts discussed where 5G technology is today and unresolved issues it raises in the national security arena.

The National Science Foundation has been deeply involved in understanding the technical and implementation issues raised during 5G development. Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal, the acting Deputy Division Director of the Computer and Network Systems Division, part of NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, acknowledged 5G has yet to meet expectations.

The Future of 5G: Not There Yet, But Getting Closer, Officials Say – Nextgov

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Defense Technology

Anduril boss: In an era of strategic competition, we need artificially intelligent systems (Brian Schimpf, Defense News)

With the resurgence of great power competition has come the resurgence of defense technology. Conflict with a near-peer competitor would look nothing like our recent warfighting experiences against nonstate actors. It could be fought over vast distances, involve technology we are unprepared to deal with and occur at a scale the United States has not had to contend with in decades. Suddenly, our glittering collection of large, exquisite systems, built to engineering standards decades behind consumer technology, feels outmoded.

Artificial intelligence should be the linchpin of our efforts to re-armor ourselves for a new kind of fight. In the near term, AI can help us to understand the world with greater speed and clarity than the human mind can achieve. The value of distributed sensors on manned and unmanned systems alike has long been apparent to the United States, but we face a manpower constraint that enables us to analyze only a fraction of the data we capture.

Anduril boss: In an era of strategic competition, we need artificially intelligent systems (defensenews.com)

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Defense Technology

Huntington Ingalls CEO: Prepare for the next generation of national defense innovators (Mike Petters, Defense News)

Nearly a decade ago, the Council on Foreign Relations made a statement that became etched in my mind: that human capital will determine power in the current century, and the failure to produce that capital will undermine America’s national security.

Leading a national defense company that hires, trains and upskills thousands of workers each year — spanning pipe fitters to nuclear physicists to software coders — we at Huntington Ingalls Industries live this imperative in real time and continuously. Is America’s youth today learning the workforce and technology skills necessary to ensure our nation remains a strong military and technology leader in the 21st century? Are we giving them the foundation they need — and we need — to help America prosper and advance the cause of freedom and democracy in this competitive global environment?

Huntington Ingalls CEO: Prepare for the next generation of national defense innovators (defensenews.com)

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Report: Government Inaction on 6G Risks Ceding More Tech Ground to China (Alexandra Kelley, Nextgov)

As the Biden administration looks to improve the nation’s telecommunications networks and expand access to internet services to reduce the digital divide in the U.S., industry analysts are recommending a slew of federal investments, including a nationwide 6G strategy and supporting infrastructure.

A report published by researchers at the Center for a New American Security, framed within the rivalry between the U.S. and China over technological innovation and deployment, offered solutions to expedite and streamline the U.S. rollout of advanced 6G connectivity.

Report: Government Inaction on 6G Risks Ceding More Tech Ground to China – Nextgov

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Robot With Bird Feet Can Perch and Grab (Taylor Kubota, Nextgov)

Like snowflakes, no two branches are alike. They can differ in size, shape, and texture; some might be wet or moss-covered or bursting with offshoots. And yet birds can land on just about any of them.

“It’s not easy to mimic how birds fly and perch,” says William Roderick, lead author of a new paper on the bird robot in Science Robotics.

Robot With Bird Feet Can Perch and Grab – Nextgov

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The Internet Is Not the Enemy (Andrew Sullivan, Project-Syndicate)

We live in an age of wonder in which half the world now has access to a technology – the internet – that supports people’s health and education, can be a lifeline in a time of disaster or disease, and was designed to be open to everyone but owned by no one. And the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted both its importance and its potential by forcing the world to connect remotely, contact-free, and in real time.

The Internet Is Not the Enemy by Andrew Sullivan – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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Companies Technology

Samsung Announces $17 Billion Semiconductor Fab in Taylor, Texas: Company Confirms (IndustryWeek)

Samsung, the global electronics and appliances manufacturer, is expanding its stateside semiconductor operations. The Korean conglomerate will build a new $17 billion semiconductor fabricator, or “fab,” in Taylor, Texas, about 30 miles away from the company’s existing U.S. fab in Austin, according to a statement from the company.

Samsung Announces $17 Billion Semiconductor Fab in Taylor, Texas: Company Confirms | IndustryWeek

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The Whys Behind the ‘Astonishing Drop’ in Lithium Ion Battery Costs (MIT News, IndustryWeek)

Lithium-ion batteries, those marvels of lightweight power that have made possible today’s age of handheld electronics and electric vehicles, have plunged in cost since their introduction three decades ago at a rate similar to the drop in solar panel prices, as documented by a study published last March. But what brought about such an astonishing cost decline, of about 97%?

The Whys Behind the ‘Astonishing Drop’ in Lithium Ion Battery Costs | IndustryWeek

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