Emerging Tech

Code for America unveils first states in Safety Net Innovation Lab cohort

The nonprofit’s lab aims to help states build digital tools and services to connect people with health, food assistance and other benefits programs. 

AV camera footage can aid police investigations

Data collected by autonomous vehicles may help law enforcement with investigations, an internal San Francisco Police Department training document obtained by Motherboard suggests.

Connecticut expands mobility assistance pilot for the blind

The program, which taps the Aira service to help vision-impaired individuals navigate public transit, will now be available at Bradley International Airport.

AI compounds discrimination against disabled

Organizations are responsible for ensuring their hiring and performance management tools do not discriminate against individuals with disabilities, federal civil rights officials say.

Electric eels inspired the first battery two centuries ago and now point a way to future battery technologies

Scientists are working on a soft and flexible batter battery inspired by eels that might someday be useful for internally powering medical implants and soft robots.

NASA weaves a data and AI fabric for drone intelligence

A Data and Reasoning Fabric will not only pass relevant information to drones and allow them to share information, but also feature AI and machine learning services that will allow unmanned systems to operate safely in close quarters.

California dives into blockchain

A May 4 executive order positions the state as blockchain friendly and sets the stage for agency adoption of distributed ledger technology.

Can New York court and regulate the crypto industry at the same time?

Some state lawmakers are making enemies in the cryptocurrency industry as Eric Adams tries to woo it.

Detecting disasters with satellite data

Researchers at Ohio State University are using satellite data to create 3D image models that could detect natural disasters in remote regions soon after they happen, giving first responders accurate information about the local needs.

Smart pavement powers data collection, EV charging, wireless access, edge computing

With the installation of smart pavement at five downtown intersections, a Kansas town is driving smart infrastructure adoption.

Blasting out Earth’s location with the hope of reaching aliens is a controversial idea – two teams of scientists are doing it anyway

One team will send a series of radio pulses toward the center of the Milky Way, about 10,000 to 20,000 light-years from Earth. The other will beam a message toward a solar system with three Earth-like worlds -- that's only 39 light-years away.

States and cities are moving to make virtual hearings permanent

In the nation's statehouses and city halls, officials want remote meetings to outlast the Covid-19 crisis. Disability advocates are among those who support the idea. Others worry about the loss of in-person interactions and diminished oversight.

Bitcoin mining comes to city hall

Fort Worth, Texas, has installed three bitcoin mining machines in its data center as part of a six-month pilot to assess the implications and opportunities of minting cryptocurrency.

How drones document crash scenes

Using photos, video imagery and orthomosaics provided by drones, the National Transportation Safety Board can analyze and recreate accidents across all transportation industries.

Get ready for the metaverse

While the metaverse may seem over the horizon, the National League of Cities says many cities are already experimenting with metaverse-enabling technologies: the internet of things, digital twins and blockchain.

Michigan, National Park Service to test mobility tech in local national parks

State agencies will work with NPS on projects to relieve traffic congestion and improve environmental sustainability, visitor access or safety.

The push toward climate-friendly grid security and resilience

The Department of Energy is funding research to make a greener energy grid less vulnerable to cyberattack.