Technology

  • Boston Dynamics AI Institute Targets Basic ResearchBoston Dynamics AI Institute Targets Basic Research
    This morning, Hyundai Motor Group and Boston Dynamics announced the launch of the Boston Dynamics AI Institute, to “spearhead advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics.” BDAII (I guess we’ll have to get used to that acronym!) will be located in Cambridge, Mass., with more than US $400 million of initial… Read more »
  • Where the President-Elect Candidates Stand on Key IssuesWhere the President-Elect Candidates Stand on Key Issues
    Two virtual events were held in June and July for members to get to know the four candidates running for 2023 IEEE president-elect. President Ray Liu asked Thomas M. Coughlin, Kazuhiro Kosuge, Kathleen A. Kramer, and Maike Luiken questions submitted by members on issues important to them. The candidates were… Read more »
  • Video Friday: Robots Stock UpVideo Friday: Robots Stock Up
    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.IEEE CASE 2022: 20–24 August 2022, MEXICO CITYCLAWAR 2022: 12–14 September… Read more »
  • 3D-Stacked CMOS Takes Moore’s Law to New Heights3D-Stacked CMOS Takes Moore’s Law to New Heights
    Perhaps the most far-reaching technological achievement over the last 50 years has been the steady march toward ever smaller transistors, fitting them more tightly together, and reducing their power consumption. And yet, ever since the two of us started our careers at Intel more than 20 years ago, we’ve been… Read more »
  • The Spectacular Collapse of CryptoKitties, the First Big Blockchain GameThe Spectacular Collapse of CryptoKitties, the First Big Blockchain Game
    On 4 September 2018, someone known only as Rabono bought an angry cartoon cat named Dragon for 600 ether—an amount of Ethereum cryptocurrency worth about US $170,000 at the time, or $745,000 at the cryptocurrency’s value in July 2022. It was by far the highest transaction yet for a nonfungible… Read more »

Automation

  • Boston Dynamics AI Institute Targets Basic ResearchBoston Dynamics AI Institute Targets Basic Research
    This morning, Hyundai Motor Group and Boston Dynamics announced the launch of the Boston Dynamics AI Institute, to “spearhead advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics.” BDAII (I guess we’ll have to get used to that acronym!) will be located in Cambridge, Mass., with more than US $400 million of initial… Read more »
  • Where the President-Elect Candidates Stand on Key IssuesWhere the President-Elect Candidates Stand on Key Issues
    Two virtual events were held in June and July for members to get to know the four candidates running for 2023 IEEE president-elect. President Ray Liu asked Thomas M. Coughlin, Kazuhiro Kosuge, Kathleen A. Kramer, and Maike Luiken questions submitted by members on issues important to them. The candidates were… Read more »
  • Video Friday: Robots Stock UpVideo Friday: Robots Stock Up
    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.IEEE CASE 2022: 20–24 August 2022, MEXICO CITYCLAWAR 2022: 12–14 September… Read more »
  • 3D-Stacked CMOS Takes Moore’s Law to New Heights3D-Stacked CMOS Takes Moore’s Law to New Heights
    Perhaps the most far-reaching technological achievement over the last 50 years has been the steady march toward ever smaller transistors, fitting them more tightly together, and reducing their power consumption. And yet, ever since the two of us started our careers at Intel more than 20 years ago, we’ve been… Read more »
  • The Spectacular Collapse of CryptoKitties, the First Big Blockchain GameThe Spectacular Collapse of CryptoKitties, the First Big Blockchain Game
    On 4 September 2018, someone known only as Rabono bought an angry cartoon cat named Dragon for 600 ether—an amount of Ethereum cryptocurrency worth about US $170,000 at the time, or $745,000 at the cryptocurrency’s value in July 2022. It was by far the highest transaction yet for a nonfungible… Read more »

Computing

  • Quantum Gate 100x Faster Than Quantum NoiseQuantum Gate 100x Faster Than Quantum Noise
    Quantum computers theoretically can solve problems no regular computer might ever hope to solve. However, the key ingredients of most quantum computers—quantum bits, or qubits, tied together by quantum entanglement—are highly vulnerable to disruption from their surroundings. Now scientists in Japan have successfully executed an operation with two qubits in… Read more »
  • The Spectacular Collapse of CryptoKitties, the First Big Blockchain GameThe Spectacular Collapse of CryptoKitties, the First Big Blockchain Game
    On 4 September 2018, someone known only as Rabono bought an angry cartoon cat named Dragon for 600 ether—an amount of Ethereum cryptocurrency worth about US $170,000 at the time, or $745,000 at the cryptocurrency’s value in July 2022. It was by far the highest transaction yet for a nonfungible… Read more »
  • Artificial Synapses 10,000x Faster Than Real ThingArtificial Synapses 10,000x Faster Than Real Thing
    New artificial versions of the neurons and synapses in the human brain may be as small as one-thousandth the size of neurons and at least 10,000 times as fast as biological synapses, a study now finds.These new devices may help improve the speed at which the increasingly common and powerful… Read more »
  • Who Actually Owns Tesla’s Data?Who Actually Owns Tesla’s Data?
    On 29 September 2020, a masked man entered a branch of the Wells Fargo bank in Washington, D.C., and handed the teller a note: “This is a robbery. Act calm give me all hundreds.” The teller complied. The man then fled the bank and jumped into a gray Tesla Model… Read more »
  • Tesla’s Autopilot Depends on a Deluge of DataTesla’s Autopilot Depends on a Deluge of Data
    In 2019, Elon Musk stood up at a Tesla day devoted to automated driving and said, “Essentially everyone’s training the network all the time, is what it amounts to. Whether Autopilot’s on or off, the network is being trained.”Tesla’s suite of assistive and semi-autonomous technologies, collectively known as Autopilot, is… Read more »