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Issue 6 • Date June 2014

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

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  • Table of contents

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  • Planting a Flag [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • Advertisement [If we touch the screen, can we feel the cat?]

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s): 7
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  • The pitfalls of prediction [Spectral Lines]

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  • Big data comes to the forest [News]

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  • Amazingly accurate Quantum computing [News]

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  • Breaching the blood-brain barrier [News]

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  • Europe wants a smartphone supercomputer [News]

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  • Resources

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):21 - 22
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  • This systems architect builds the most advanced F-16 combat simulators

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s): 24
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  • Defense against the dark arts (of Cyberspace) universities are offering graduate degrees in cybersecurity

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s): 26
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  • Stop, attention thief! [Technically Speaking]

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s): 28
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  • The next 50 years [The Future We Deserve]

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s): 29
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  • The end of disability

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):30 - 35
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    This paper discusses about electronics-based systems that communicate directly with the human nervous system, promising radically new treatments for a variety of ailments and conditions, both physical and mental. While there is a focus on giving people better control of their prosthetic limbs, other researchers are trying to give patients better control of their emotions. One promising experiment ... View full abstract»

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  • Fewer launches, more space

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):36 - 40
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    The first robot capable of building anything, including a replica of itself, might cost a fortune to develop; the billionth copy would be as cheap as dirt. Send some of them into space and they could build new armies out of planetary rubble and dust, then go on to construct enough spaceships and refueling stations to carry the human race to other planets and, eventually, other stars. View full abstract»

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  • Infinitely malleable materials

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):40 - 44
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    Several executives listen attentively to a sharp-suited sales rep making his pitch. Suddenly, a miniature car emerges from a vat of gray goop in the center of the conference table. The salesman proceeds to reshape this model using nothing more than his hands, flattening the car's roofline and adjusting the geometry of its headlamps. Finally, he transforms the car from its initial haze gray to fire... View full abstract»

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  • Future block [2064: A day in the life]

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):46 - 47
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    This urban idyll is based on a little whimsy and a lot of ideas from our features. How many can you spot in the illustration? For the key, go to http://spectrum.ieee.org/futureblock0614 View full abstract»

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  • Leaving the uncanny valley behind

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):48 - 53
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    Say hello to Ira. His head is visible on a screen, as though he's in a videoconference. He seems to be in his early 30s, with a shaved head, a pronounced nose, and thin eyebrows. Ira seems a little goofy and maybe just a wee bit strange. But unless you knew his full name-it's "Digital Ira"-you probably wouldn't guess that he's nothing but bits. As Digital Ira affirms, graphics specialists are clos... View full abstract»

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  • The rise of the personal power plant

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):54 - 59
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    At first glance, downtown Fort Collins, Colorado, looks like a sweet anachronism. Beautifully preserved 19th century buildings beckon from leafy streets. A restored trolley car ding-dings its way along Mountain Avenue. It's safe and spotless, vibrant and unrushed. View full abstract»

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  • Robot, you can drive my car

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):60 - 90
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    Every major automaker was working on autonomous driving. The most in-your-face firm is Nissan Motor Co., which promised to introduce not one car but a line of cars that can drive themselves-by 2020. Interesting, also, is Volvo's growing investment in autonomous driving technology. As part of the European research project known as SARTRE (Social Attitudes to Road Traffic Risk in Europe), the linal ... View full abstract»

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  • As I see it

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  • Beyond words

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):66 - 71
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    In August of 1961, fabled mathematicians Edward O. Thorp and Claude Shannon, of MIT, walked into a Las Vegas casino. They intended to try their luck at roulette, a game in which players bet on where a whirling ball will land after falling from an outer stationary track onto an inner spinning wheel. But they weren't typical gamblers. To explore more diverse types of virtual touch, Harrison does wha... View full abstract»

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  • Download, Practice, Done [The furture we deserve]

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s): 72
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