Technology had important advances and a few setbacks in 2016. Self-driving cars began appearing, while private space exploration firms saw their rockets explode on launch pads. Still, technology keeps promising a better future. VOA's George Putic reports.
President Obama is sanctioning Russia, blaming Moscow for computer hacks intended to influence the November election. But president-elect Donald Trump says he does not believe Russia did it. How sure are cyber-crime investigators?As VOA's Steve Baragona reports, it's part science, part art.
As Myanmar emerges from years of isolation under a military dictatorship, new technologies are entering the country that aim to improve the lives of its citizens. One nonprofit is using 3-D printing to bring better tools to the country's farmers. VOA's Steve Baragona has more.
Tiny factories powered by the light of the sun. The idea is science fiction, now on the verge of becoming a reality thanks to some enterprising researchers in the Netherlands. They copied the best solar collector in nature and created a leaf engine that might be strong enough to drive chemical reactions. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
Researchers say companies will deploy autonomous trucks as experts solve engineering, regulatory and safety concerns. The growing number of robot truckers could begin to take jobs from the 3.5 million humans who drive trucks in the US. This rising tide of automotive robotics follows a previous wave of automation that displaced millions from U.S. manufacturing jobs. Those lost jobs sparked an angry political movement against globalization and upended U.S. politics. VOA’s Jim Randle reports.
Consider the hapless night watchman. In every Hollywood movie, he's the first to be targeted as the hero quietly infiltrates the bad guys' headquarters. Well, all those sleepy bored, camera watchers may be about to get a break, thanks to a new autonomous drone that serves as an autonomous, unsleeping eye in the sky. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.