emerging technology
 
  • First overland UAS flight takes off

    The Federal Aviation Administration gave a green light to the first commercial operation of an unmanned aircraft system over land, and granted Nevada authority to operate a UAS test site.

  • Cellphone low on batteries during emergency

    Making smartphones work for us during disasters

    Similar to a phone’s airplane mode, a 'disaster mode' would help Android devices conserve energy and share information that could improve planning for disaster assistance.

  • Penguins on a melting iceberg

    USGS Climate Change Viewer opens window on our future

    The viewer visualizes data on projected changes in snowpack, soil moisture, runoff and evaporative deficit for U.S. states and counties.

  • Robotics Assisted Bridge Inspection Tool

    Robots stand guard on bridges and ports

    The attributes of precision, repetition and scale make robots ideal for tackling one of the country's biggest economic challenges: maintaining the deteriorating infrastructure of the U.S. highway system.

  • robot built by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for DARPA Robotics Challenge

    Robots step up for government work

    As robots have gotten more sophisticated and their costs have dropped, they are now taking on new roles in the broader civilian government workspace.

  • DaVinci Surgical system

    Hands-on robots: From surgery to bomb disassembly

    Although robots are not yet "smart," a new breed is emerging that can reach out and manipulate its environment in routines so precise and synchronized that a form of electronic intelligence seems to be at work.

  • Man testing ULTRA Vis heads up display at DARPA Demo Day

    DARPA shows 100+ projects at Demo Day

    The all-day event showcased the wide array of DARPA projects addressing national security challenges posed by the information revolution and the availability of sophisticated information technologies.

  • LatentGesture from GaTech and GOTCHA from CMU in background

    Inkblots and gestures: Getting creative about security

    Because today’s cell phones contain more data than many desktop computers, improving security for mobile devices is becoming a priority.

  • Robonaut 2 with legs

    Robonaut 2 gets its space legs

    Robonaut's new legs have prehensile feet, which will give it an edge over humans, letting it climb ladders while its hands are free to work or hold objects.

  • UMD establishes orbital debris research center

    CODER organization to spearhead research into debris tracking, remediation

  • Context aware security with software defined networking

    Software-defined computing enables context-aware IT

    Move to SDN said inevitable in new world of mobility, social, big data and cloud computing.

  • Army medical robot

    Can we delegate moral decisions to robots?

    The Office of Naval Research has undertaken a project to field robots that can make simple moral decisions, such as whether to help a wounded solider instead of completing an assigned task on the battlefield.

  • Virtual Shooter mechanical arm tests ammo--and saves joints

    A mechanical arm will help reduce injuries to government employees who are responsible for testing thousands of rounds of ammunition weekly.

  • Runner with smartphone strapped to arm

    The dark side of the Internet of Everything

    The simple act of turning on your cell phone exposes you to being tracked across the Internet – even if you have switched off location-based services.

Topic Resources

  • Transforming Customer Service: Building a Smarter Service-Oriented Workforce

    Whether a public contact center or an internal help desk, government offices managing customer service play a vital role in supporting their agencies missions. Unfortunately, many service centers lack the tools they need to deliver high-quality services in a timely fashion. In this webcast, Michelle Earley, USAJOBS Program Manager at OPM, and Stephanie Wade, Director, Innovation Lab at OPM, will discuss how they are transforming USAJOBS, the federal government's official jobs site to improve the hiring process and elevate the level of customer service that applicants receive. The transformation is comprehensive, involving the adoption of human-centered design principles, the use cloud-based DevOps to create new services, and the modernization of foundational technology, including the cloud.