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R. Colin Johnson
Works at EETimes - United Business Media
Attended Washington University (M.A.)
Lives in Lake Wales, Florida
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The Russians are pouring money into basic research and getting some amazing results--if they can be brought to market (hopefully with some alliances with U.S manufacturers, instead of Chinese). Here single photons and single molecules appear to be as easy to manipulate for computing purposes as charge and laser light.
Researchers are on the road to creating a single-photon emitter and a single-molecule detector.
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Co-robots promise to fill the roll of those workers that must be hired and laid off during peak periods--such as around Christmas. Using inVia's robot-as-a-service (RaaS) model, e-retailers can fulfill orders the instant they are placed online with GrabIt and TransIt co-robots that pick items and accumulate them into orders, respectively.
The co-robot company InVia Robotics Inc. has invented robots-as-a-service whereby warehouses pay a fee, per co-robot, to use its GrabIt and TransIt co-robots to pick items from the shelves and deliver them to the mailroom.
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Intel modeling brain for Deep Learning! Finally Intel has gotten on the cognitive computing (Cognizer) bandwagon by acquiring Nervana Systems for its Nervana Engine, a chip that models the neural networks of the brain for Deep Learning. Now IBM, Nvidia and the others will have unparalleled competition from venerable Intel in brain modeling.
Intel intends to acquire Nervana Systems for its upcoming deep-learning accelerator chip along with its Neon cloud service.
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Graphene is no longer the only two-dimensional (2-D) material slated to replace silicon when it runs out of gas.The photovoltaic (PV) material halide perovskite could also fill-the-bill with the advantage of easier deposition and the ability to tuner its bandage and other electronic properties.
Department of Energy (DoE) funded researchers have discovered that thinning out the photovoltaic (PV) material called halide perovskite could provide a high-mobility high-power material for future transistors that rivals graphene, but is easier to fabricate.
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A new type of ultra-conductor which performs at room temperature even better than gallium nitride (GaN) or even graphene, has been discovered. University of Utah researchers put two insulators together and created an electron gas between them that could make super-high-power devices run cooler and with minimal energy consumption.
University of Utah researchers discover how to interface two insulators can make an ultra-high electron density conductor at their interface.
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Hearables will soon be inserted in every ear of every smartphone or wearable user, according to experts including Samsung. What is a hearable? A smart in-ear Bluetooth enabled speaker with at least two microphones--one to sense the voice through vibrations of the "ear bone" and one facing the outside world to hear conversations, live music, whatever minus the noise. If they take off, voice commands could also replace touchscreens.
Hearing aids, the first hearable, helped people with damaged hearing but may now enhance the hearing of people with normal hearing.
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CognizeR is finally here, as a way of bringing Watson's cognitive computing capabilities to the millions of "R" language programmers working on unstructured Big Data and Deep Learning. As predicted in my book Cognizers--Neural Networks and Machines that Think:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/cognizers/id525969120?mt=11
The Columbus-Collaboratory has integrated IBM's Watson into the R programming language with its CognizeR.
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There EPA explained to me that air pollution can be defeated with the existing laws, but that it can't do the job alone. By getting local communities involved in monitoring and reacting to pollution levels, it hopes to make the U.S. as pollution-free as possible.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing $4.5 million in grants to six universities to deploy air pollution sensor networks and educate the public how to use them to reduce it.
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Cancer could be a thing of the past, at least for patients that get regular screenings with IBM's new lab-on-a-chip that that can detect cancer precursors as small as 20-nanometers (rather than waiting for cancer cells which measure in microns to form).
IBM Research has designed a microfluidic lab-on-a-chip that can separate biological particles down to sizes as small as 20-nanometers to screen for cancer markers so small that a tumor has not even started to grow.
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MEMS and photonics companies are banding together to create hybrid chips the bond the MEMS chip to the Photonics chip thereby hermetically sealing while connecting the two chips. U.S., European and Asian companies will share the fruits of MEMS+Photonic chips.
Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) to form a consortium for microelectromechanical system (MEMS, including Delta Electronics, Inc., InvenSense Inc., Standing Egg Inc., STATS ChipPAC Limited, ULVAC, Inc.) and silicon photonics packaging breakthroughs (including Accelink Technologies Co., Ltd., Corning Incorporated, Fujikura Ltd., Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and NTT).
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Solar cell are barking up the wrong tree, according to metal halide perovskite mavins, who say instead of expensive ovens you can make silicon-rivaling cells at room temperature. The self-assembling photovoltaic material creates single-crystal PV on-the-cheap.
Metal halide perovskite thin film solar cells self-assemble on nearly any surface by merely spraying them on at room temperature.
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Instead of taking years to recover from a cyber attack (below) why not head them off at the pass, say Cray / Deloitte, with a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that eeks out where you vulnerabilities are so you can patch your holes before the bad guys get in at all.
Cray Inc. and Deloitte & Touche offer service that continually probes a subscribers' computer systems as if it were a hacker, identifying potential threat vectors and alerting the subscriber to patch vulnerabilities before they are exploited by the bad guys.
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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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Lake Wales, Florida
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Portland, Oregon - Manhattan, New York - Los Angeles, California