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Erica Pandey 20 hours ago
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Rude, red awakening: China’s theft of U.S. tech is hard to stop

A package labeled with an American flag goes through a machine and comes out with a China flag label
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Washington is waking up to the reality that the cost of doing business in China's massive market is risking precious tech secrets, but it may be too late.

The big picture: Rogue practices like intellectual property theft are built into Beijing's industrial policy, and China has used these policies to innovate so rapidly that it may soon be able to cut its reliance on the West.

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Coming to you live from your belly: A tiny internal bleeding sensor

An ingestible sensor developed at MIT, which can detect internal bleeding in the stomach.
Ingestible sensor developed at MIT that can detect biomarkers of internal bleeding in the stomach. Credit: Lillie Paquette, MIT.

Doctors are now one step closer to deploying sensors that can travel to parts of a patient's body to diagnose hard-to-detect conditions.

The details: In a new study published Thursday in MIT's Science journal, researchers report on a tiny sensor they developed that can be swallowed, which contains genetically modified bacteria capable of detecting heme, a component of blood, in the stomach. The bacterial response can be converted into a wireless signal, which is then read by nearby computers or a specially-designed app on an Android phone.

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Study: Early AI adopters may gain "insurmountable advantage"

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios 

A pecking order is evolving in the newest stage of the digital era: aggressive early adopters of artificial intelligence are reporting elevated earnings and may be forming "an insurmountable advantage" over rivals, according to the McKinsey Global Institute.

Why it matters: Companies failing to quickly embrace AI to improve growth risk falling further and further behind, paring their ability to attract top talent and leading to more concentration of market power within a few "superstar" firms.