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The world has gone from only a small group of people having access to information to having everyone in all corners of the globe accessing every piece of the world's information, according to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. Schmidt detailed that change and its impacts on sectors such as education, business and media in an interview with James Manyika of the McKinsey Global Institute. Humans and machines are racing each other to find the most efficient way to carry out tasks, according to Schmidt, who says machines have largely replaced low-wage workers at grocery stores. High-skilled, educated immigrants will hire people in America as well because businesses will want a share of uneducated people, Schmidt says. Schmidt also discussed the impacts of three-dimensional printing, where users build their own products from different manufacturing materials. Unive... (more)

Mike Rogers: Congress Got No Notice on Iran Talks

Rep. Mike Rogers has told CNN that lawmakers were not given formal notices about the negotiations with Iran. Rogers, the House Intelligence Committee head, said the ranking members and chairmen knew most of the classified information and the Iran deal should have been discussed at Congress. “There was no formal notification, certainly that I received, and my understanding is that neither did the Senate, which is concerning,” Rogers said in the interview. “We have full access to every classified program, every covert action program, as we should in our role for oversight,” he add... (more)

IBM Researchers Test Quantum Pathway for Big Data Computing

An IBM team of scientists used a luminescent polymer to demonstrate the concept of Bose-Einstein condensation, which the company says could lead to advances in building quantum computers. Researchers aim to develop a computing system that makes use of optoelectronic architecture to process big data 50 times faster than existing technology, IBM said Tuesday. During an experiment, polymer film-light interaction formed bosons that IBM scientists believe can be used to create optically interconnected supercomputers. "It's really a beautiful example of quantum mechanics where one can... (more)

Eye of the GovCon M&A Storm

Bob Kipps serves as managing director at investment bank KippsDeSanto & Co., a provider of services to middle-market firms in the government services, aerospace/defense, cyberintelligence and technology industries. In a new feature for Executive Mosaic, Kipps provides insight into what's driving the GovCon deals market and where participants are aligning for the future. To start 2013, he addresses impacts of the now-in-effect sequester and other budget pressures and notes five important things to consider for the future. After gushing throughout 2012, GovCon M&A deal announcements... (more)

Lockheed Unveils New Tailhook Design Allowing for F-35 Carrier Landings

Lockheed Martin has designed a new tail hook for the F-35C Navy variant that is meant to allow the plane to land on carriers and be deployed to the fleet, according to a DoD Buzz article. The most expensive weapons program ever undertaken by the Defense Department has not only been hampered by organizational mistakes but various design flaws. The initial design of the tail hook, had it concealed within the airplane to enhance stealth capability which led to it failing to catch the arresting wires that are stretched across a carrier's flight deck to bring the aircraft to a halt.... (more)