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Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as rapid prototyping and three-dimensional (3D) printing, is enabling on-demand customization of components to start making major contributions to the manufacturing supply chain, giving rise to a new era of personalized items, the market for which, together with replacement parts and prototyping, could total over $160 billion by 2026.
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Robots are after your job, but the worse part is that fact alone is scaring people so much that their productivity is already dropping, making robots and even better candidate to replace you, according to researchers. Here's the facts:

We stand at the precipice of the fourth Industrial Revolution. The first Industrial Revolution saw the advent of steam-powered mechanization), the second the utilization of electricity to run production machines, and the third the use of computers to control production automation. The fourth Industrial Revolution is being spurred by combining artificial intelligence (AI) with robotic devices.

Unfortunately, this latest evolution threatens almost 24 million U.S. workers—both blue and white collar—with unemployment, according to New York City-based market research firm CB Insights, which cites the jobs of cooks, servers, cleaners, movers, warehouse workers, retail workers, truck drivers, construction laborers, nurses, and health aides as being at greatest risk of elimination due to automation.
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Unhackable computers are possible—just read the casino operator’s comment at the bottom of the story. However, people are just too lazy—even the military. DARPA’s effort is admirable, but it assumed Internet connectivity. I personally only have one computer online on which I keep nothing sensitive like passwords, which I reserve for my offline computer sitting right next to me, but impossible to hack unless you break into my house!

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Now fuel cells have been added to the list of flexible, stretchable electronic that can be woven into or printed upon fabrics. Someday most fabrics will be smart and integrated into the Internet of Things (IoT).

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IBM Q—hosting quantum computers in data centers around the world—start with 20-qubits today, but evolve to a 50-qubit quantum computer that is faster than any supercomputer today, but accessible to anyone via IBM’s Cloud.

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Copper-is-forever contend all the semiconductor makers except Intel, which is proposing a switch to cobalt. Is Intel the black-sheep or the futuristic visionary?

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IBM’s Watson AI XPrize started doling out the $5 million to the top two teams in 2017, plus they named the top 10 teams to accompany 49 others into 2018. The goal is to have the most positive impact on global society with AI.

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Get a 10X speedup on your machine learning algorithms using Big Data too large to fit in-memory by using IBM's new preprocessing algorithm described at the Neural Information Processing Conference this week in Long Beach, Calif.

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IBM, Intel and AMD have targeted the Chinese practice of building supercomputers just to "test well" on the parallel Linpack used by Top500.org The new architectures will concentrate on faster analytics, deep learning and other AI tasks in vogue today, obsoleting the Top500's parallel high-performance Linpack.
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