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Tech giant brings software to a gun fight

June 8th, 2019 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

Business-software giant Salesforce instituted a new policy barring retail customers from using its technology to sell semiautomatic weapons and some other firearms. SAN FRANCISCO — On its website, Salesforce.com touts retailer Camping World as a leading customer of its business software, highlighting its use of products to help sales staff move product. A Camping World […]



Engineers can now reverse-engineer 3D models

January 12th, 2019 at 12:49 pm » Comments Off

A system that uses a technique called constructive solid geometry (CSG) is allowing MIT researchers to deconstruct objects and turn them into 3D models, thereby allowing them to reverse-engineer complex things. The system appeared in a paper entitled “InverseCSG: Automatic Conversion of 3D Models to CSG Trees” by Tao Du, Jeevana Priya Inala, Yewen Pu, […]



The next tech talent shortage: Quantum computing researchers

October 31st, 2018 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

Christopher Savoie, founder and chief executive of a start-up called Zapata, offered jobs this year to three scientists who specialize in an increasingly important technology called quantum computing. They accepted. Several months later, the Cambridge, Mass., company was still waiting for the State Department to approve visas for the specialists. All three are foreigners, born […]



Software predicts landslides in weeks, not hours, in advance

August 30th, 2018 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

Researchers have developed a new software tool that predicts the boundaries of where landslides will occur two weeks before they happen. Landslides—masses of rock, earth, or debris moving down a slope—happen everywhere. The effect on communities, the economy, and most importantly, lives, can be devastating. A recent landslide at a jade mine in Myanmar, for […]



How software is eating the military and what that means to the future of war.

July 20th, 2017 at 7:59 pm » Comments Off

As software-based weapons and information systems start to touch all phases of conflict, military leaders are grappling with a new set of challenges.



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