Because of the vast variations in natural and societal conditions across space and over time, the reliability of the analyses often depends on getting data from many samples. Therefore, scientists must spend a lot of time and effort preparing samples, performing measurements and processing data.
Because some of the artifacts are irreplaceable, scientists often must use nondestructive methods that can reveal the object’s composition without cutting it into pieces. For this reason, scientists at the world’s major research reactors, including the NIST Center for Neutron Research, use a technique known as prompt gamma activation analysis (PGAA) for analyzing the composition of cultural artifacts quickly and nondestructively.
Source: How Neutrons and Gamma Rays Can Reveal Our Cultural Heritage | NIST
For 5G in 2020, we’re now at the “show me, don’t tell me” stage.
This isn’t the time to amplify grand visions and hype future services that are still years from being technically and commercially viable. It’s the moment to set about scaling up the 5G ecosystem in earnest to generate product volume in network technology, devices and chipsets and to demonstrate to enterprises and consumers that 5G really can make a difference to them.
Source: 5G Networks in 2020: Show Me, Don’t Tell Me | Light Reading
For all the controversy around 5G, there’s so far been little questioning of the technology.
But sooner or later there’s a backlash against any new mobile standard, and we got a taste last week with this Wall Street Journal piece airing the complaints of some Korean punters.
It’s a legitimate exercise, though it’s not hard to find dissatisfied customers grappling with new phones and unpredictable connectivity.
Source: 5G Is Doing Surprisingly Well | Light Reading
Here are our top five pivotal events of 2019 impacting IoT and the embedded systems world.
Key themes in the embedded systems and Internet of things (IoT) world this year range from edge intelligence to security and the progress of open source. Below, we share what we see as the top five pivotal events from 2019 that are likely to have significant ramifications on 2020.
Source: 5 Pivotal Events in IoT and Embedded | EE Times
While everyone is doing their predictions for 2020, here’s my look into 5-10 years out to consider what telecoms, wireless and related technologies will look like in 2030. A decade from now, we could see things like power-shaming indicators, bonded 5G/6G and Wi-Fi 9, multi-network software-defined connectivity, contextual communications in IoT devices and Alexa bots.
If you read my articles and tweets, you probably know what I think about 2020 already.
Source: Telecoms, Wireless & Adjacent Technologies in 2030 | EE Times
You might have heard of deepfakes before, or glimpsed headlines discussing the technology. You might even have laughed at various YouTube videos on channels such as Ctrl Shift Face that have swapped faces of celebrities in iconic roles to some humorous and sometimes unsettling results (once you’ve seen any of the bizarre deepfakes involving Nicolas Cage you can never un-see them.)
But deepfakes, once confined to darker corners of the internet, are becoming a serious threat. In the US, particularly as the 2020 election season rapidly approaches, AI experts are warning that deepfakes could become a powerful tool for spreading misinformation and manipulating the public. With enough effort a bad actor could create a video of any political candidate saying nearly anything.
Source: Deepfakes: The Looming Threat Of 2020 | Design News
There is never a best time to start improving the way that you design and build embedded systems. Waiting for the perfect time will simply result in the same old day to day fires, long nights and working weekends.
Don’t wait for the perfect time to measure and improve your development processes, that time will never come.
The five tips we’ve discussed in todays post are low hanging fruit that can be easily implemented and contribute to a feedback loop that will allow development to become more efficient, cost effective and more consistent.
Source: 5 Tips for Improving Embedded Development in 2020 | Design News
Accenture has agreed to acquire Symantec’s cyber security services business from Broadcom.
The unit was part of the $2.5 billion enterprise security business Broadcom acquired from Symantec as part of the blockbuster $10.7 billion deal that completed in November.
Source: Broadcom Sells Cyber Security Services Unit To Accenture
CES Unveiled is a tech fest where startups and established companies pitch and showcase their brightest new ideas and shiniest products, with a strange emphasis on self-improvement.
You name it, Unveiled has everything from ultra-stable drones, “bidirectional” EV chargers to smart road systems that let every car know road conditions and a wrist-band that tells you which foods suit your unique DNA.
The products and prototypes unveiled are an eclectic mix. They often surprise us by offering solutions for problems we didn’t know we had.
Source: CES Unveiled: Know Thyself, Groom Thyself | EE Times
The supply chain is one of those things that nobody cares about until something goes wrong. Then it’s everybody’s problem.
Remember the iPhone 8? Production was delayed because of problems with OLED screens, which weren’t even manufactured by Apple. Consumers were incensed, Apple was red-faced, and the supply chain took center stage.
Unfortunately, disaster is the main driver of supply-chain innovation. Resilience — the ability to shift all or part of a supply chain as needed— is mitigating disruption. Many of the technologies showcased at CES 2020 are key enablers of resilience, an expert panel told the audience.
For example, the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN), which provides supply-chain assistance to disaster relief organizations, uses simulation to prepare for catastrophes, said executive director Kathy Fulton. High-risk areas such as Puerto Rico are plotted on networks as digital twins.
Source: Why CES 2020 Cares About the Supply Chain