NASA’s New Technology And FCC Robocall Blocking

On Episode 449 of the Waves of Tech, we are off with another podcast discussing the technology news that is noteworthy and meaningful. We kick off the show talking about the changing landscape of the video and gaming industry as E3 in Los Angeles is in full swing. NASA has launched a new deep space atomic clock into orbit with plans of testing a one-way signal communication between Earth’s satellites and a space unit. The FCC recently approved default robocall blocking options for the phone carriers in the United States. Lastly, we dive into the geopolitical war playing out between the US and Huawei and tell you what it means for future device manufacturing and 5G development.

The Computer & Video Gaming Industry Together

If you are unfamiliar with E3, let’s catch you up. E3 is the “world’s premier event for computer and video games and related products.” Industry’s top talent converge in Los Angeles bringing together tens of thousands in the interactive entertainment industry. Over a 3 day period, products are showcased, technologies are introduced, and companies are front and center.

  • We bring this up to talk about the circular nature of technology conferences
  • Most products and service are no longer released, but held onto for announcement
  • Software developers, programmers, distributors, venture capitalists all attend E3
  • The events welcome experts, visionaries, entrepreneurs, and leading streamers

NASA Launching New Technology Into Space

Much of the time in space talk we are focusing on travel, rockets, research, education, and the future of living. So much goes on behind the scenes that never makes headlines and that’s why we bring this story of a new deep space atomic clock technology that will change how satellites and space vehicles communicate with scientists and engineers on the ground.

  • Space units have no GPS and require a bounce back, two-way signal to communicate
  • A new deep space atomic clock would send a one-way signal back to space
  • Contractors have developed this atomic clock to the size of a standard toaster oven
  • SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy will carry the space unit into space for its one-year test program

FCC Vote Allows Default Blocking by Phone Carriers

In a very unusual unanimous vote by the FCC Commissioners, the communication agency now allows phone provides to block robocalls. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai went on record stating he expects “phone companies will move quickly to use this tool and help consumers block unwanted robocalls.” This is a win for phone consumers, but more work is needed.

  • Robocalls continue to increase with a record 4.7B calls placed in the U.S.A. in May
  • Phone carriers may try to add additional fees to customer bills to implement changes
  • Additional legislation is being introduced to further protect the users’ pocket books
  • Technology exists to bolster industry efforts to filter out robocalls and scammers

Huawei, 5G, Politics, and Technology

The story of Huawei, the United States government, and technology implications continues to change and grow as the hours pass by. The United States Department of Commerce blacklisted the Chinese based telecommunications equipment maker, creating a chain reaction of setbacks and reactions in the technology industry. How this all plays out will be of keen interest to us all.

  • Huawei components are in every laptop, phone, handheld gadget, and mobile device
  • Facebook and Google have suspended support and are not allow pre-installed apps
  • It’s poor timing considering the evolution of 5G and the need for setting standards
  • Informal conversation between third party companies and Huawei have been suspended

Resources & Links

E3 from Los Angeles
New NASA technology launches soon
FCC Allows Robocall Blocking
Cutting Ties with Huawei
World Wide Security at Risk
Facebook & Google Drop Support

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