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R. Colin Johnson
Works at EETimes - United Business Media
Attended Washington University (M.A.)
Lives in Portland, Oregon
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Robots have been known to be clumsy and ham-fisted since before there were robots, but EPFL thinks they have the answer with a flexible gripper that uses electrostatic force to be gentle as a baby, but still be able to lift 100-times its weight. Robot company's worldwide may be licensing these en masse.
Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL) has devised flexible electrostatic grippers that are as gentle as human hands, yet can lift 100 times their own weight.
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Marvin Minsky always reminded me of Alfred Whitehead--just as Whitehead opposed Einstein (inventor of the expanding universe), Minsky opposed Rosenblatt (inventor of the neural network). Both were wrong, but i ways that stimulatead the entire scientific community to dig deeper into the problems and finally solve them. Today's deep learning neural networks are a direct result of Minsky opposition to them, just as today's expanding universe is a direct result of Whitehead's opposition to it.
Minsky envisioned a future in which machines will possess intelligence as genuine as our own.
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Internet of Things (IoT) high-roller, Arrayent, lands $15 million more in venture capital to solidify its leading position in connecting IoT device for Whirlpool and Maytag to LiftMaster and Monster. http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1328748
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Now those big bulky metal shields are a thing of the past thanks to Intel's aug-millimeter metamaterial component that nixes EMI right at the cable inside the box before it even gets to an outside port or the sides of its enclosure. And did I mention they were cheap as dirt?
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BMW Funds Solar Materials Development That De-Ices Your Car's Windows Instantly
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By growing pixels vertically in tiers or red, green and blue a single white pixel results which can be pre-tuned to any hue from warm yellowish to cold bluish, according to researchers at National Taiwan University (NTU).
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On there eve of Minsky's death, Russian researchers finally reported a "true" perceptron--Minsky's seminal invention we call neural networks or "deep learning" today. Using memristors scalable down to 10-nanometers, the Russian/Italian research team aims to rival American efforts to transform digital semiconductors with analog components.
Marvin Minsky, inventor of the Perceptron, may have died, but Russian scientists report they've made the first polymer memristor based Perceptron come alive.
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This do-it-yourself (DYI) project was introduced as a curiosity--how to make a energy harvester from things around the house--into a show-stopper at the IEEE MEMS conference in Shanghai.
EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, France) has invented a cardboard energy harvester suitable for wireless push-button switches and other similar applications.
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New array of memristors from Knowm with the raw data to support any characterization regime enables researchers to build brain-like computers in their labs today.
Knowm Inc. (Santa Fe, N.M.) has introduced two new memristors to emulate new brain functions plus has diversified its packaging by adding a die-only options that holds 180 memristors.
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Hackers can not penetrate the new Intel vPro Cores with multi-factor hardware Authentication and the ability to Unite workers worldwide with hardware secured shared conference room displays.
Intel has secretly built hardware into its 6th Generation vPro Core processors that it claims guarantee uncrackable authentication plus the ability up to share your screen with any WiDi equipped display in the world.
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Big Pharm may be on the way out as Little Pharm is now possible by eliminating he animal testing requirement (the most costly and time consumer step) of FDA approval. The pictured computer scientist has created a simulator that satisfied FDA requirements and may result in the first new drug--worth billions--that did not require animal testing.
Small drug companies (Little Pharm) may now have a tool with which to compete with Big Pharm thanks to National Taiwan University (NTU) professor Yufeng Jane Tseng's program that eliminates the costly animal-trials bottleneck.
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Next-generation electronics and technology news stories published non-stop for 20+ years, R. Colin Johnson's unique perspective has prompted coverage of his articles in a diverse range of major media outlets--from the ultra-liberal National Public Radio (NPR) to the ultra-conservative Rush Limbaugh Show.
Education
  • Washington University (M.A.)
    Philosophy / Symbolic Logic
  • University of Michigan (M.S.)
    Computer, Information and Control Engineering
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Technology Editor
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  • EETimes - United Business Media
    Technology Editor, present
  • Electronics Magazine - McGraw-Hill
    Microsystems and Software Editor
  • SlashDot.org
    Contributing Editor, present
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