Nvidia boosts self-driving AI business with Volvo trucks deal – Reuters


Sweden’s AB Volvo is joining forces with Nvidia to develop artificial intelligence used in self-driving trucks, in a boost for the U.S. chipmaker that was ditched by Tesla last year.

The agreement announced on Tuesday by Nvidia and Volvo, the world’s second-biggest truckmaker after Daimler, is a long-term partnership spanning several years. Work will begin immediately in Gothenburg, Sweden and Santa Clara, California.

Source: Nvidia boosts self-driving AI business with Volvo trucks deal – Reuters

How to Get Ahead in a Winner Take All World | Government Executive


The wave of trust-busting and rise of unions in the early 20th century removed some of the industrial economy’s worst downsides, but industrial capitalism boomed over the ensuing decades nonetheless. Similarly, the crucial question facing ordinary Americans, no matter how the debates over corporate power play out in the years ahead, is how to harness this reality to have fulfilling careers.

That’s what my book set out to help them do—showing how cultivating adaptability and the ability to connect different type of technical skills in team-based work is crucial to thriving in these organizations.

If we want to be successful in the corporate world of the 21st century, we need to make sure we know how to work in the types of large, information-driven organizations that, one way or another, are going to remain central to the American economy.

Our careers depend on it, whether we like it or not.

Source: How to Get Ahead in a Winner Take All World – Government Executive

Think Government Can’t Do Anything Quickly and Cheaply? Think Again. | Government Executive


What’s one of the least known success stories in recent years, in terms of evidence-based decision-making within the federal government? It’s the more than 70 rigorous, often rapid experiments conducted by agencies since 2015.

Those experiments, undertaken with the help of the General Services Administration’s Office of Evaluation Sciences, have used data that agencies already collect, so they are low-cost. All of the results are shared online.

Source: Think Government Can’t Do Anything Quickly and Cheaply? Think Again. – Government Executive

Agencies ramp up use of challenge competitions | FCW


Crowdsourcing and citizen-driven science that tap government data, are key in advancing research and development of innovative technologies, said Kelvin Droegemeier, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, at the General Services Administration’s Open Innovation Summit on June 14.

Droegemeier, a former top meteorological professor at the University of Oklahoma and sworn in as OSTP director in January, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s work to free weather data for private-sector innovation is a prime example of how government can fuel public-sector innovation to solve hard problems or create new solutions.

“That liberation of data is foundational” to the federal prize challenges and citizen science that Challenge.gov and CitizenScience.gov present.

Source: Agencies ramp up use of challenge competitions — FCW

USDS budget cut forces focus on core capabilities | FCW


A congressional report explained the USDS shift as “the partial transition … to a reimbursable model,” but that doesn’t tell the full story, according to Margaret Weichert, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.

“We’re not trying to sell services. We are not a consulting model,” Weichert told FCW in an interview. “We are a capability that should catalyze new behaviors that ultimately need to take root in the agencies themselves.”

Source: USDS budget cut forces focus on core capabilities — FCW

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.

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

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.

Source: What Has to Change to Optimize VDC?

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.

Source: New Algorithm Helps Robots and Humans Work in the Same Space

AI Could Be the Engineer’s Friend | EE Times


Engineers may worry that artificial-intelligence (AI) and machine-learning (ML) algorithms will eventually replace them as circuit designers. A panel session on June 4 at the 2019 IEEE International Microwave Symposium held here tackled that touchy subject.

The opinions were generally positive for engineers, but panelists acknowledged that AI/ML will change analog/RF engineering jobs but not necessarily replace engineers.

Source: AI Could Be the Engineer’s Friend | EE Times

SoC Interconnect: Don’t DIY! | EE Times


With so many acquisitions in the interconnect IP market, you might be forgiven for thinking DIY interconnect is a good idea.

There’s been a lot of action in the interconnect IP market over the past year – most notably the acquisition of NetSpeed by Intel and Sonics by Facebook. What’s happening?

Why are companies seeing the critical importance of interconnect IPs now?

Is interconnect a key factor in system-on-chip (SoC) delivery productivity for multi-SoC project corporations?

Are these acquisitions a way around the fact that interconnect development is lengthy, costly, and difficult?

The recent market consolidation might have some companies considering whether this is a do-it-yourself (DIY) project that your company should consider taking on.

Source: SoC Interconnect: Don’t DIY! | EE Times