Emerging Tech

What is proof-of-stake? A computer scientist explains a new way to make cryptocurrencies, NFTs and metaverse transactions

Proof-of-stake as a consensus mechanism may be more energy efficient for blockchain systems, one expert says.

Utah readies mobile driver’s license rollout

While the technology for the mDL is ready, the challenge is creating an ecosystem of partners who accept the digital ID.

Concerns grow over AI in hiring processes

Automated tech -- including artificial intelligence for job recruiting, interviewing and hiring -- may discriminate against qualified job-seekers, government officials warn.

NIST, Google announce chip R&D partnership

The public-private sector collaboration will make industry standard chips available to smaller research entities to encourage semiconductor manufacturing.

State takes quantum tech from theory to business

To speed the commercialization of quantum technologies, Massachusetts is investing in research facilities and workforce training.

Building back better with robotics

Southwestern Pennsylvania pulled in a $62.7M federal grant to build a robotics and autonomy cluster.

New computer vision model tackles improved wildfire prevention

The model uses satellite imagery to identify areas at risk of wildfires before they actually happen.

Electric school buses are taking students back to school – bringing cleaner air and lower maintenance costs to school districts across the country

Electric school buses can reduce air pollution, provide power to communities and lower maintenance costs for school districts that are transitioning away from diesel-powered buses.

Wireless tech monitors soil moisture in real time

Researchers have developed technology that measures the changes in soil moisture by calculating changes in radio waves, eliminating the need for in-ground sensors.

One state maps out its drone-enabled future

The Ohio Department of Transportation is testing its uncrewed traffic management system that would allow drones to operate at low altitudes beyond the operator's line of sight.

Michigan expands EV charging network with AI-powered partner

With machine learning software, Volta Charging can identify optimal locations for chargers, helping the state to site them in low-income and environmental justice communities.

Autonomous receiver tracks fish to improve hydropower dam operations

The underwater autonomous receiver uploads tracking data from tagged salmon to the cloud in near real-time to help hydroelectric plant operators know when, where and how many fish are expected to pass through dams.

CISA warns critical infrastructure to prepare for mass post-quantum systems migration

Quantum computing is the latest frontier in technological innovation, and its hacking potential has regulators advising organizations to begin to safeguard their networks. 

Government electric vehicle efforts requires new charging infrastructure

Plans are being made for a national electric vehicle charging infrastructure, but for now, state and local governments are moving forward on their own.

Technique improves autonomous car navigation in tricky traffic

Researchers have developed a technique that allows autonomous vehicle software to make the relevant calculations more quickly.

DHS commits to better intel sharing with law enforcement, points to mobile app

Whether the department has increased information sharing with government partners is unclear, but—either way—the quality is just not there, according to DHS’ Office of the Inspector General.

DHS tests new tech that could bring emergency alerts to vehicle screens

The new integration between IPAWS and technologies like GPS navigation will allow for the almost real-time dissemination of critical information to the public in their vehicle’s center console screen.