Recent government initiatives and executive orders have left Avi Bender, director of the National Technical Information Service, and Michael Whitaker, vice president of emerging solutions at ICF, optimistic about the future of Federal innovation and partnership with the private sector.






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Axon launched a new law enforcement initiative this month. The provider of connected law enforcement technologies will equip every police officer in the United States with a body camera–for free. Axon will also provide supporting hardware, software, data storage, training, and support to police departments free of cost for one year.






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In interviews with MeriTalk, both Sam Gordy and Marc Mancher opened up about their respective companies’ plans for AI in the Federal government, with IBM focusing on cognitive intelligence and Deloitte on robotics processing, as well as obstacles in the way of government adoption.






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Thirteen universities recently received grants from NASA’s Space Technology Research Grants Program worth as much as $500,000 each. The goal of this program is to accelerate the development of space technologies in their earliest stages to enable future systems capabilities and missions for NASA, other government agencies, and the commercial space sector.






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A lack of clear technology policy established during Donald’s Trump’s campaigning and preparations as president-elect is making it difficult to determine what the future of tech policy is going to look like, according to experts speaking at an Information Technology Innovation Foundation (ITIF) panel on Thursday.






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President-elect Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, about innovation, Gates told CNBC on Tuesday. Gates’ new business, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, is investing in renewable energy companies that could provide solar and wind energy for the entire continent, build mechanisms that allow natural gas emissions only when renewable energy isn’t working, turn sunlight into fuels directly, and make nuclear fission safer and cheaper.






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Four recent studies conducted by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) on the impacts of additive manufacturing, advanced robotics and automation, roll-to-roll manufacturing, and smart manufacturing have found that these technologies could save U.S. manufacturing approximately $100 billion annually.






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