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Issue 8 • Aug. 2018

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  • Front cover

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  • Contents

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  • The answer is blowing on the wing - [Back story]

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  • Contributors

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  • What's the best city for software engineers?: Hint: It's not San Jose or San Francisco - [Spectral Lines]

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  • Boeing and SpaceX test the next U.S. ride to space: The international space station is expecting two visitors this month: Starliner and Crew Dragon - [News]

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  • Making medical AI trustworthy: Researchers are trying to crack open the black box of AI so it can be deployed in health care - [News]

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  • IBM's new do-it-all AI chip: The company says its chip can do both high-precision learning and low-precision inference across the three main flavors of deep learning - [News]

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  • Slave to technology - [News]

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  • 4-Bit wonder: Explore the guts of computing with arith-matic's S1-AU kit - [Resources]

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  • Deus Ex machina: Gabriele trovato asks if a robot can be a sacred object - [Resources_Q&A]

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  • Another three documentaries for engineers: Bombshell, gamechangers, and science fair all make for fascinating viewing - [Resources_Review]

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  • The rise of RISC - [Opinion]

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    IN THE PAST DECADE, many technologists have adopted the mantra that software is eating the world. However, all of that software has to run on something. And that something is silicon. • Unfortunately, the chip world has hit a roadblock with the fade-out of Moore's Law. • The challenge of building circuits that require years of research and development, combined with rapid advancements in software,... View full abstract»

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  • August 1908: First ford model T completed - [Opinion]

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    IN 1908, HENRY FORD HAD BEEN WORKING in the auto business for more than a decade, and the Ford Motor Co., five years old and already profitable, had so far followed its peers by catering to the well-to-do. Its Model K, introduced in 1906, was priced at around US $2,800, and the smaller Model N, introduced the same year, sold for $500-about what the average person earned in a year. • Then, on 12 Au... View full abstract»

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  • Not so fast: Electric car: Mazda has improved the gasoline engine to a level that even Tesla should respect

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    THERE ARE LOTS OF REASONS why we're not all driving electric vehicles now. You've probably thought of two or three already, but let me add one that I'm sure you haven't. It's a big obstacle to EVs, and it's rarely remarked upon. View full abstract»

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  • Reinventing the wing: With electric propulsion and lots of propellers, planes can use smaller wings to fly efficiently

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    I remember distinctly the cool december day in 2013 at my company's headquarters in the Santa Cruz mountains when we met with researchers from NASA to plan tests for a novel propeller configuration for electric aircraft. Somehow, our Joby Aviation team, the NASA researchers, and colleagues from another small California business brainstormed our way into a much more ambitious program than any of us... View full abstract»

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  • Rough seas for the superconducting wind turbine: To keep offshore turbines light, engineers look beyond superconductors to a new permanent-magnet tech

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    TRY TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND THIS: A slender tower stretches 100 meters above the waves. Blades, each one of them nearly 60 meters long, face down the briny spray as they turn about a 250-metric-ton nacelle at the top of the tower, which houses the turbine generator and everything else needed to produce electricity. View full abstract»

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  • A view to the cloud: What really happens when your data is stored on far-off servers in distant data centers

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    We live in a world that's awash in information. Way back in 2011, an IBM study estimated that nearly 3 quintillion-that's a 3 with 18 zeros after it-bytes of data were being generated every single day. We're well past that mark now, given the doubling in the number of Internet users since 2011, the powerful rise of social media and machine learning, and the explosive growth in mobile computing, st... View full abstract»

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  • A quantum of play - [Past Forward_by Allison Marsh]

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