U.S. lagging behind in race for tech supremacy

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U.S. lagging behind in race for tech supremacy

There’s a worldwide race for tech dominance, a race that ranges from nanotechnology to quantum computing. China has an explicit policy to be the world’s leader in artificial intelligence, while Israel spends more of its GDP on research and development than any other country. Where does the United States fit into all this? According to […]

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Safety and inspection bot startup Gecko Robotics adds $7 million to the coffers

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Safety and inspection bot startup Gecko Robotics adds $7 million to the coffers

Gecko Robotics aims to save human lives at our nation’s power plants with its wall-climbing robots. To continue doing so, the startup tells TechCrunch it has just secured $7 million from a cadre of high-profile sources, including Founders Fund, Mark Cuban, The Westly Group, Justin Kan and Y Combinator. We first reported on the Pittsburgh-based company when co-founder Jake Loosararian came […]

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Research links air quality, air safety

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Research links air quality, air safety

Harvard Chan School investigators see dip in pilot performance when carbon dioxide levels rise On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger carefully glided his US Airways Airbus A320 onto the Hudson River minutes after the plane lost both its engines. The miraculous touchdown saved all 155 passengers and crew. On the tape of his exchange […]

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Ford Publishes Its Automated Driving Safety Report

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Ford Publishes Its Automated Driving Safety Report

Back in 2016, when the Obama-era Department of Transportation issued its original automated vehicle safety guidance, part of the voluntary framework was the publication of safety reports by the companies developing these systems. In October 2017, Waymowas the first company to publish its report, followed by General Motors in early 2018. The latest company to publish its […]

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Five steps to boost safety and increase profitability

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Five steps to boost safety and increase profitability

Traditionally, safety and profitability have seemed to be diametrically opposed for many manufacturing and production operations. Although no-one disputes the value of investing in safety, the primary objective for a manufacturing or production business is to drive profitability, and protecting the safety of the plant’s people, assets and environment have often been viewed as somewhat […]

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Separating Safety

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Separating Safety

Have you heard organizations assert that safety is their top priority, safety is job one, safety is never compromised for production, etc.? Such slogans and platitudes, however well intentioned, can inflict subtle harm to safety efforts. Unless the details of the organization’s priorities and values are very clearly explained, these assertions about the importance of […]

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