Even though artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are taking center stage in the world of emerging technologies, there’s another technology that is slowly making its presence known to society – quantum computing. New quantum machines such as Google’s Bristlecone chip and IBM’s Q initiative are already appearing in headlines.
IBM has even provided public access to an online quantum computer for research and experimentation purposes.
The science behind quantum machines dates to the early 1900s, to a German physicist named Max Planck. But experts say quantum computing has the potential to greatly enhance the technologies of today – including AI and ML algorithms – because of its ability to perform computations exponentially faster than today’s transistor-based computers.
But the workings of quantum computers can be quite a bit to untangle.
Here are five key concepts and questions regarding this unique computational machine …
Source: Quantum Computing 101: 5 Key Concepts to Understand | Design News
While metal is the material of choice for many large structures that require dependability, such as bridges and oil pipelines, one tiny crack that triggers destructive corrosion could be the structure’s demise and spell disaster.
To remedy this limitation of metal materials, a team of scientists at Northwestern University team has developed a new coating for metal that can self-heal within seconds when scratched, scraped, or cracked. This could help prevent tiny defects in metals from turning into bigger problems and ultimately structural failure, researchers said in a Northwestern news release.
Source: Self-Healing Material Can Repair Rusted Metals | Design News
Embedded World revealed quite a few interesting trends in the embedded systems industry but just like with many new technologies and tool releases, conferences often show us what we can expect to be using a year or two from now. They often show off the latest technologies but as I found, most solutions are at least 6 months away from being available to mass markets.
While this can a bit disappointing for developers that want to tinker, it can be a useful tool for us to identify what we need to start learning today so that our designs will be more effective a year from now.
It can also show where our businesses may need to adapt in order to keep up with competitors and unveil new opportunities that didn’t exist last week.
Source: 3 Trends from Embedded World 2019 | Design News
Not long ago, Honda and Toyota were the auto industry’s perennial leaders in vehicle reliability – the top two, year after year.
Not anymore, though, according to the latest data from Consumer Reports.
In the magazine’s 2019 reliability study, released last week in its annual auto issue, Toyota maintained its reputation for high reliability, while Honda continued a multi-year slide.
“At one time, Honda and Toyota were almost like interchangeable names – they built the most reliable cars,” Jake Fisher, director of auto testing for Consumer Reports, told Design News. “But it seems like they’ve changed course.”
Source: Toyota Continues Reliability Dominance, Honda Declines | Design News
Researchers have created a new bioink that allows them to print catalytically active live cells into various self-supporting 3D geometries with fine filament thickness, tunable cell densities and high catalytic productivity.
A research team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was able to use the new ink to 3D print live cells that are able to convert glucose to ethanol and carbon dioxide gas (CO₂), which increases catalytic efficiency.
Source: Researchers 3D Print Efficient Live Cells
In an effort to reduce the reliance on non-biodegradable plastics, researchers are working to harness a protein found in the suction cups of squids to help produce sustainable and renewable fibers for a number of applications.
A team from Penn State University discovered the protein—found in squid ringed teeth (SRT), the circular appendages located on the suction cups that enable squid to grasp onto their prey—provides a more environmentally-friendly option over conventional plastics.
Source: Squid Protein Could Hold Key for Renewable Plastic Alternatives
As manufacturers in the United States enjoy substantial job growth, the resulting need for additional skilled workers has left the industry struggling to keep up.
Innovative technologies, strong economic development and retiring baby boomers are driving a widening shortage of qualified job applicants in the space, especially for positions that require more technical skills.
A recent report from Deloitte revealed this gap is expected to grow from about 488,000 jobs left open today to as many as 2.4 million in the next decade, with a potential economic impact of $2.5 trillion.
To address this shortage, manufacturing employers must begin integrating training opportunities and the latest technology into their onboarding process to expand skill sets for placement of qualified labor now and into the future.
Source: Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap With Predictive Analytics
The United States trade deficit increased in 2018 to $621 billion, despite the administration’s promises to shrink it.
On Wednesday, the Commerce Department released deficit data that showed the widest trade gap in ten years. The annual deficit in goods and services grew by 12.5 percent (68.8 billion), driven in part by the merchandise-trade deficit with China.
Merchandise exports to China fell $9.6 billion in 2018, and imports saw a corresponding rise by $34 billion.
Source: U.S. Trade Deficit Grew in 2018
Now more than ever, manufacturers are pressured to stay on top of technology trends, navigate an increasingly complex regulatory environment and deal with the ripple effects caused by wavering tariffs, all the while maintaining overall business momentum.
In fact, in a U.S. manufacturing industry survey commissioned by ECi Software Solutions, respondents overwhelmingly selected emerging technology and tools as the top external force enabling them to make changes to their business model or operations in the last 12-18 months.
Unfortunately, that same survey found that 34 percent of manufacturers listed a lack of internal expertise as a barrier to technology adoption.
From automation and blockchain to VR and IoT, there are so many new and buzzworthy tools on the market today intended to address the challenges U.S. manufacturers are facing.
However, with so many opportunities for adoption, it’s difficult to discern which tools are driving operational efficiencies and which ones are all hype.
Source: Addressing the Competitive Manufacturing Climate Through Smart Investments in Tech
Cobham Aerospace Communications and Inmarsat launched the SB-Helo X-Stream helicopter satcom solution for Cobham Aviator SP systems. The new system aims to improve communications through rotor blades by reducing packet loss by up to 40 percent.
After extensive testing, Inmarsat and Cobham have developed a protocol in network Quality of Service (QOS) selection, as an enhancement of the Swift broadband X-Stream service; one of Inmarsat’s streaming services offering on-demand high-streaming data rates over its L-band network.This allows data from rotary wing aircraft to be transmitted to the Inmarsat satellite network, via dedicated modulation schemes.
Source: Inmarsat, Cobham Launch Helicopter Satcom Solution – Via Satellite –