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Issue 7 • July 2017

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): c1
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    Presents the front cover for this issue of the publication. View full abstract»

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  • Table of contents

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  • Hello, World! [Back Story]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): 3
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    Now that everyone uses the Internet daily, it’s getting hard to recall the magic of logging on to an online service back when they were new. Happily enough, we've got Julien Mailland [standing] and Kevin Driscoll, who’ve been researching the history of France's pioneering Minitel telematics system and who wrote "The French Connection Machine" in this issue. View full abstract»

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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): 4
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    Contains an entry for each author and co-author included in this publication. View full abstract»

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    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): 5
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  • When Innovation Moves Too Fast

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): 6
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    My go-to laptop is out of storage space and I refuse to put my stuff in the cloud. I'm a digital Robinson Crusoe, alone on an island of hard disks and memory sticks. Resisting the cloud hurts only me, but I'm stubborn—and a victim of an insidious, unseen force: Lag. View full abstract»

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  • Plotting a Moore's law for flexible electronics [News]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):7 - 8
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    At a meeting in mid-town Manhattan, Kris Myny picks up what looks like an ordinary paper business card and, with little fanfare, holds it to his smartphone. The details of the card appear almost immediately on the screen inside a custom app. View full abstract»

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  • Silicon valley's latest craze: brain tech [News]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):8 - 9
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    Silicon Valley's biggest inf luencers want to get inside your head. Over the past year, four leading figures have announced plans to make gadgets that will either nestle into the fleshy folds of your brain or sit atop your head to read your thoughts from the outside. View full abstract»

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  • AI to ensure fewer UFOs

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):10 - 11
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    Is it a bird? A plane? Or is it a remotely operated quadrotor conduct ing surveillance or preparing to drop a deadly payload? Human observers won’t have to guess—or keep their eyes glued to computer monitors— now that there’s superhuman artificial intelligence capable of distinguishing drones from those other flying objects. Automated watchfulness, thanks to machine learnin... View full abstract»

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  • Make the Connection [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): 12
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  • The big picture [News]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):14 - 15
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    Drones do a lot. They surveil enemy territory and drop bombs, help meteorologists track weather systems, and whiz around obstacle courses for sport. Soon, advertisers will deploy them, filling the skies with flying electronic displays. In April, the Japanese telecom company NTT Docomo showed off the unmanned aerial vehicle seen here, calling it the “world’s first spherical drone displa... View full abstract»

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    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): 16
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  • Neural nets vs. lego bricks [Resources]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):17 - 18
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    For many years as a child, I did nothing but play with Lego. Eventually I had children of my own, who had a nice Lego collection themselves, but nothing you’d need machinery to sort. That changed after a trip to Legoland in Denmark. View full abstract»

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  • Profile: Plex.AI [Resources_Startups]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): 19
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    If Internet-connected cars, the blockchain, and machine learning are each going to change the world in its own unique way, what happens when all three are combined? One startup company, based in Kitchener, Ont., Canada, is exploring this question in the unlikely arena of insurance. View full abstract»

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  • Meet the authors of a mind at play [Resources_Q&A]

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    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): 21
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  • To design better hardware, think like a cyber-criminal [Resources_At Work]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):22 - 23
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    The future of cybersecurity is in the hands of hardware engineers, says Scott Borg, director of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, a nonprofit think tank based in Vermont. He spoke in May at the MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress, held at Stanford University, in California, to an audience of 130 chief technical officers, engineering directors, and key researchers from microelectromechanical systems ... View full abstract»

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  • Vaccination: the best return on investment

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): 24
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    Death due to infectious diseases in infancy and childhood remains perhaps the cruelest fate in the modern world and one of the most preventable. Measures needed to minimize this untimely mortality cannot be ranked as to their importance: Clean drinking water and adequate nutrition are as important as disease prevention and proper sanitation. But if you judge them by their benefit-cost ratios, vacc... View full abstract»

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  • Technological distraction

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): 25
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    I can’t help it. My attention span has shrunk alarmingly, and I’m easily distracted. Worse, I seem to look for and welcome distractions. I should be focusing my attention on the task at hand, which is writing this small essay. Instead I keep checking the Internet with my smartphone. I look around me at this coffee shop and everyone seems to be staring at their cellphones. I don’t... View full abstract»

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  • A lighter motor for tomorrow's electric car

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):26 - 31
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    DURING THE FIRST DECADE OF THE 1900s, 38 percent of all cars in the United States ran on electricity, a share that declined to practically zero as the internal combustion engine rose to dominance in the 1920s. Today's drive to save energy and reduce pollution has given the electric car new life, but its high cost and limited range of travel combine to keep sales figures low. Most attempts to solve... View full abstract»

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  • The French connection machine

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):32 - 37
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    It was the late 1970s. Former French presidents Charles de Gaulle and George Pompidou had recently died. The Arab oil embargo caused energy prices to quadruple for a time. Marseille remained gripped by drug lords. And France had to face the fact that its telephone network was one of the worst in the industrialized world. Fewer than 7 million telephone lines served 47 million French citizens, and t... View full abstract»

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  • Transforming the transformer

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):38 - 43
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    It would be hard to overstate the importance of transformers in our electrical networks. They're literally everywhere: on poles and pads, in substations and on private property, on the ground and under it. There are probably dozens in your neighborhood alone. It's hard to imagine a world without them. But my colleagues and I are doing just that. View full abstract»

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  • Digital psychiatry

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):45 - 50
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    Meanwhile, software on his phone has detected changes in Zach, including subtle differences in the language he uses, decreased activity levels, worsening sleep, and cutbacks in social activities. Unlike Zach, the software acts quickly, pushing him to answer a customized set of questions. Since he doesn't have to get out of bed to do so, he doesn't mind. View full abstract»

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