Racing to Secure Our Future

The Great Powers are in an Artificial Intelligence (AI) arms race. China publicly set a goal of becoming “the world’s primary AI innovation center” by 2030. Vladimir Putin said of AI that whoever “becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world.”

More so than any time in human history, technology is revolutionizing how we live – and how we work. Cars park themselves… and are on the verge of driving themselves. Those same cars, along with drones, planes, small satellites – and even light posts – are sensing, collecting, processing, and sharing data at a prolific rate.

Some see automation as a choice that diminishes the importance of human expertise.

Source: Racing to Secure Our Future

The Trump administration’s Plan B on Iran is no plan at all


There’s only one problem with the strategy: It’s not a strategy at all, but rather a grab bag of wishful thinking wrapped in a thinly veiled exhortation for regime change in Iran.

Actually, there are about a dozen other problems with the strategy that Pompeo articulated—that being the number of benchmarks that the speech laid out as the prerequisites for any “new deal” that he insisted the administration is “ready, willing, and able to negotiate” with Iran.

Despite this nod to the possibility of new negotiations, the substance of Pompeo’s remarks forecloses any realistic avenue for diplomacy with or around Iran’s current leadership.

And it will exacerbate existing frictions around a variety of diplomatic and trade issues with all of America’s traditional partners.

Source: The Trump administration’s Plan B on Iran is no plan at all

Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants | Reuters


Undergoing final tests before the liquid is replaced with weedkiller, the Swiss robot is one of new breed of AI weeders that investors say could disrupt the $100 billion pesticides and seeds industry by reducing the need for universal herbicides and the genetically modified (GM) crops that tolerate them.

Dominated by companies such as Bayer, DowDuPont, BASF and Syngenta, the industry is bracing for the impact of digital agricultural technology and some firms are already adapting their business models.

The stakes are high. Herbicide sales are worth $26 billion a year and account for 46 percent of pesticides revenue overall while 90 percent of GM seeds have some herbicide tolerance built in, according to market researcher Phillips McDougall.

Source: Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants | Reuters

Organ-on-Chip Tech Could Lead to New Drug Candidates for ALS, Parkinson’s Disease


Danilo Tagle, PhD, MS, associate director for special initiatives of the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, explained how the technology could lead to new therapeutics for neurological diseases like ALS and Parkinson’s disease.

“Essentially, the main premise behind organs-on-chips or tissues-on-chips is to come up with an in vitro device or tool that can be used to assess the safety and efficacy of therapeutics, whether it be a small molecule or a biologic or a micromolecule,” Tagle said, in an interview with R&D Magazine.

“The ability to generate various organ systems—in this particular case the spinal cord and blood brain barrier—would enable the ability to screen for drugs that could essentially cross the blood brain barrier.”

Source: Organ-on-Chip Tech Could Lead to New Drug Candidates for ALS, Parkinson’s Disease

How to sculpt a 16-core 2 GHz processor | EDN

Our company (Freescale at the time, before we formed part of NXP) was faced with a challenge: We had built and were sampling initial silicon of an 8-core 2 GHz processor, the LS2088A, but customers always want more.

Our discussions went something like, “How much more? Do we really need more? And, if the market does need more, more of what?” What to do next?

We had to pinpoint what was missing in the market and in our portfolio, and most importantly, which emerging applications and use cases did we want to pursue?

Just throwing more of everything onto the next chip was one option, but a more measured approach won out.

This article dives into the thought processes behind the LX2160A, and how we solved important challenges.

Source: How to sculpt a 16-core 2 GHz processor | EDN

Five unintended benefits of 5G | EDN


While fixed internet access is positioned to be the first major 5G application, many more are in the wings, including mobile applications.

The huge investments in components, equipment, and know-how will spin off benefits outside of directly 5G networking. Here are five I’ve identified.

  1. mmWave everything
  2. Phased-array radar
  3. Point-to-point mmWave backhaul
  4. Gaming
  5. Disrupting the edge

Source: Five unintended benefits of 5G | EDN

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 by Thales Alenia Space launches on SpaceX | Intelligent Aerospace


SpaceX, with headquarters in Hawthorne, California, launched Bangabandhu Satellite-1 – Bangladesh’s first satellite, which was built by Thales Alenia Space engineers in Cannes, France – on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from a launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida, for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Source: Bangabandhu Satellite-1 by Thales Alenia Space launches on SpaceX | Intelligent Aerospace

How Deep Learning is Changing Chemistry R&D


The role of the modern researcher can sometimes feel like a thankless one. Despite being at the forefront of innovation, there is constant demand for greater outcomes and even more breakthroughs—even with R&D spending declining.

More R&D activity is also coming back in-house, as greater visibility into spending has allowed many companies to see the extent of expenditure on outsourcers and Contract Research Organisations (CROs).

In order to cope with this increased pressure, chemists are turning towards technology and automation to help, in particular to deep learning.

Deep learning, a subsection of artificial intelligence (AI), is centred on learning and extrapolating based on datasets, and is more sophisticated than the ‘swivel-chair’ task-focused AI employed by many businesses.

Source: How Deep Learning is Changing Chemistry R&D

Startup Space Spotlight: OSS Takes Inspiration from Origami | Via Satellite

I launched the company after realizing the fact that deployable structures were and are often a neglected area of a spacecraft. It was an area ripe for innovation.

For instance, the market for large deployable reflectors is dominated by two large incumbents that come from defense backgrounds. Product offerings tend to be expensive with long lead times and are characterized by incremental improvements, not disruptive “NewSpace” developments.

I realized that we could bring about a step change by using innovative materials and a new approach to product build and validation.

Source: Startup Space Spotlight: OSS Takes Inspiration from Origami – Via Satellite –

U.S. Navy moves to 3D printing additive manufacturing at shipbuilding division | Military & Aerospace Electronics


Through this collaboration, Newport News will move portions of its manufacturing process from traditional methods to 3D printing, anticipating enhanced production rates of high-accuracy parts for surface warships with reduced waste, and potential for significant cost savings over other traditional production processes.

Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer, builder, and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines.

3D Systems has delivered and installed a ProX DMP 320 3D metal printer at Newport News Shipbuilding’s site in Newport News, Va.

Source: U.S. Navy moves to 3D printing additive manufacturing at shipbuilding division – Military & Aerospace Electronics