A Look at the US/China Battle for AI Leadership | Design News


The battle over AI technologies has already fueled a full-scale trade dispute between the US and China. And the economic powerhouses are quickly entering into a full-blown war in the artificial intelligence (AI) arena.

As a pioneer of AI, the US has always remained one step ahead of China and the rest of the world where the technology is concerned.

But will it relinquish this lead in the foreseeable future? Current trends show that’s certainly a possibility.

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Big-Tech Cloud Wars: Ramifications on the Embedded Industry | Design News


Several years ago, Amazon acquired the open source operating system FreeRTOS and with it, launched a new operating system named Amazon FreeRTOS, which provides developers working on IoT devices an integrated path to connect with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The idea seems simple: Provide developers with a free method to connect to the cloud and Amazon might generate more cloud revenue, or at least ease the burden for current AWS users who are developing IoT edge devices.

For years, Amazon has run this vertical integration strategy on its own, but Microsoft is now challenging Amazon’s dominance with its recent acquisition of the RTOS and middleware provider Express Logic, heating up the “cloud wars” between the tech giants.

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This Washable Sensor Can Be Woven Into Clothing to Monitor Your Health | Design News


Researchers have been making significant progress in the development of electronics that can be integrated seamlessly into fabrics to facilitate more user-friendly wearable technology.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan are some of the latest to advance this endeavor with the design of a microscopic sensor that can be interlaced into textiles and composite materials for smart clothing that can monitor human movement.

Wearable technology already exists in the form of devices like the FitBit and other fitness-monitoring devices that can help people keep track of various aspects of their daily routine and overall health and fitness.

However, in the future researchers envision clothing with technology directly integrated that can achieve similar results as well as perform other functions, without the need for wires, batteries, or other cumbersome features.

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What Has to Change to Optimize VDC?


Today, project owners and stakeholders seek to optimize virtual design and construction (VDC) in order to maximize its latest benefits for their project.

The benefits of VDC if properly implemented not only scrutinize estimates and reduce time through synthesizing efficient design and fabrication coordination, but also render cost certainty to maximize return on investment (ROI).

Harnessing the full power of VDC, exercising BIM, advanced BIM Uses, and interdisciplinary integration, a team can reduce the amount budgeted for a project by as much as 20 percent.

Here are the latest insights to optimize these benefits for your next project.

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Virtual and Augmented Reality in Manufacturing


More than 200 years ago, German philosopher Immanuel Kant described virtual reality as a reality that exists in our minds and is distinct from the external physical world. Nowadays we use the term differently, but the concept of virtual reality still retains Kant’s idea of a world that isn’t tangible, but that our mind can clearly perceive.

There are different ways of digitally manipulating somebody’s perception of reality. The easiest is to enhance the user’s perception of the external world by adding digital elements to it, a technique called augmented reality (AR).

Recently, the manufacturing sector has discovered the potential of AR and VR in cutting costs and increasing safety and productivity.

But what exactly are the applications of this revolutionary technologies in the factory?

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Telstra Already in Edge Battle With Web Giants | Light Reading


Australia’s Telstra has been approached by web giants and offered “exclusive deals” to partner on edge services if it restricts its role to that of connectivity provider.

The operator appears to have spurned those offers as it eyes a much bigger role in the market for edge computing, one of the main opportunities associated with the rollout of next-generation 5G mobile networks.

The revelation came at this week’s 5G World event in London and highlights the concern that Internet giants may continue their advance into telco territory with the rollout of 5G networks.

Source: Telstra Already in Edge Battle With Web Giants | Light Reading

Carbon-Neutral Fuel Made From Sunlight and Air


Carbon-neutral fuels are crucial for making aviation and maritime transport sustainable. ETH researchers have developed a solar plant to produce synthetic liquid fuels that release as much CO2 during their combustion as previously extracted from the air for their production.

CO2 and water are extracted directly from ambient air and split using solar energy. This process yields syngas, a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, which is subsequently processed into kerosene, methanol or other hydrocarbons. These drop-in fuels are ready for use in the existing global transport infrastructure.

Aldo Steinfeld, Professor of Renewable Energy Carriers at ETH Zurich, and his research group developed the technology. “This plant proves that carbon-neutral hydrocarbon fuels can be made from sunlight and air under real field conditions,” he explained.

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Laser Trick Produces High-Energy Terahertz Pulses


A team of scientists from DESY and the University of Hamburg has achieved an important milestone in the quest for a new type of compact particle accelerator.

Using ultra-powerful pulses of laser light, they were able to produce particularly high-energy flashes of radiation in the terahertz range having a sharply defined wavelength (color).

Terahertz radiation is to open the way for a new generation of compact particle accelerators that will find room on a lab bench. The team headed by Andreas Maier and Franz Kärtner from the Hamburg Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) is presenting its findings in the journal Nature Communications. CFEL is jointly run by DESY, the University of Hamburg and the Max Planck Society.

The terahertz range of electromagnetic radiation lies between the infrared and microwave frequencies.

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New Algorithm Helps Robots and Humans Work in the Same Space


Building off previous robotic advancements, a team of researchers has found a way to program robots to better predict a person’s movement trajectory, enabling the integration of robots and humans in manufacturing.

Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created an algorithm that accurately aligns partial trajectories in real-time, giving robots the ability to anticipate human motion.

In 2018, the researchers, in a partnership with BMW, began integrating robots with a mock factory assembly line. The robots were programmed to shortly stop when crossing paths with a human, but ultimately behaved overly cautious, freezing well before a human even crossed its path.

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Deeper Dive—Takeaways from the TV of Tomorrow Show | FierceVideo


Addressable advertising is already proving out on OTT platforms as a means for targeting deeper audience segments while driving and measuring actual business results. It’s been a little slower to catch on in linear television.

Jason Bolles, senior vice president of advanced advertising at Nielsen, said during a Wednesday panel discussion that it would be great if in two years the addressable ecosystem had been fully enabled and that the industry was gauging the impact. There’s still work to do to get to that point.

Source: Deeper Dive—Takeaways from the TV of Tomorrow Show | FierceVideo