NASA Taps Boeing, and Northrop for High-Speed Green Airliner Tech
NASA has awarded contracts to Boeing and Northrop Grumman to develop sustainable high-speed airliner technology capable of Mach 2-plus speeds under the Advanced Air Vehicle Program. The teams will focus on airframe, power, propulsion, thermal management, and composite materials, as well as design concept vehicles. The goal is to address the market gap between commercial supersonic and hypersonic vehicles. Boeing's team includes Exosonic, GE Aerospace, Georgia Tech Aerospace Systems Design Lab, and Rolls-Royce North America. Northrop Grumman's team includes Blue Ridge Research, Boom Supersonic, and Rolls-Royce North America. The project stems from high-speed market studies by Deloitte/SpaceWorks and SAIC/Bryce Space and Technology.
Gartner's 'Hype' Label Can't Diminish Generative AI's Potential
Generative AI, labeled as 2023's most overhyped emerging technology by Gartner, is predicted to bring transformational benefits within 2 to 5 years. Gartner places it alongside AI-augmented software engineering and cloud-native tech in the "inflated expectations" phase. This trend is poised to innovate and shift industries, yet success isn't guaranteed due to uncertainties in evolution. Generative AI's potential is exemplified by Microsoft-backed OpenAI's ChatGPT, which generates diverse data types. Global investments in generative AI startups hit $4.2 billion in 2021-2022. AI investments are projected to reach $200 billion by 2025, boosting GDP impact. GCC nations might gain $23.5 billion by 2030 from generative AI investments. Other AI techniques like AI simulation and federated machine learning enhance customer experience and decision-making. Human-centric security remains vital amid new AI techniques' transformative influence.
Renewal Debate Over Vital US-China Science Accord
A 40-year-old U.S.-China science and technology cooperation agreement, first signed in 1979, is on the brink of expiration due to opposition from American lawmakers who fear security risks. If it lapses, critical areas like climate change and public health collaboration could suffer, and academic exchanges between the two economic giants could be stifled. The accord serves as the foundation for government-to-government collaboration and enables broader science cooperation. Critics argue that China might exploit the partnership for military advantage, while supporters emphasize its importance in solving global challenges. Renewal debates underline U.S.-China balancing acts amid evolving relations.
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