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11 Aug 2017

The Whys and Hows of Becoming a Robotics Engineer

Carlos Gonzalez, Machine Design

The Whys and Hows of Becoming a Robotics Engineer

As the world of robotic automation continues to grow, so too will the number of automation jobs.

According to the book What to Do When Machines Do Everything by Malcom Frank, Paul Roehrig, and Ben Pring, 19 million jobs will be lost due to automation over the next 10 to 15 years--but 19 million new jobs will be created due to automation.

The distinction that has to be made is that while robots will automate tasks, they will not automate complete jobs.

Posted in Industrial

11 Aug 2017

Why legislation alone won't solve the insecurity of the Internet of Things

Cate Lawrence, Read Write

Why legislation alone won't solve the insecurity of the Internet of Things

Few people would argue that cybersecurity is in a parlous state. In the last few weeks, we've seen a connected car wash and fish tank hacked respectively and a smart gun unlocked and fired thanks to a magnet at the latest DefCon.

In response to the problem, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators has put forward new legislation to address the security problems of the Internet of Things. The new bill, introduced on Tuesday, would require vendors that provide connected equipment to the U.S. government ensure products are patchable and meet industry security standards, according to Reuters.

Posted in IT & Computing, Telecommunications

09 Aug 2017

A Brief History of Data Architecture: Shifting Paradigms

Keith D. Foote, DATAVERSITY

A Brief History of Data Architecture: Shifting Paradigms

Data Architecture is a set of rules, policies, and models that determine what kind of data gets collected, and how it gets used, processed, and stored within a database system. Data integration, for example, is dependent on Data Architecture for instructions on the integration process. Without the shift from a programming paradigm to a Data Architecture paradigm, modern computers would be much clumsier and much slower.

Posted in IT & Computing

09 Aug 2017

MIT's new radio tech can monitor your sleep quality from afar

Luke Dormehl, Digital Trends

MIT's new radio tech can monitor your sleep quality from afar

A new project created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital aims to assist the percentage of the population who suffer from some form of sleep disorder. The total number of people affected by sleep disorders in the United States is around 50 million -- including those who suffer from diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's which can disrupt our ability to catch some well-earned shut-eye. The difference between this and other approaches? That this project involves no physical contact with users.

Posted in Medical, Telecommunications

09 Aug 2017

An All-Electric Feed Truck, Powered Completely by Cow Poop

Dan Nosowitz, Modern Farmer

An All-Electric Feed Truck, Powered Completely by Cow Poop

Despite a recent mini-boom in electric vehicles, the agriculture industry has yet to find a way to make the switch from gas- and diesel-powered equipment. But this dairy farmer has found a way.

Straus has been dropping about 4,000 gallons of manure per day into his digester system, along with at least that much diluted by-products from the creamery, such as whey, for 13 years. Today, he says, the digester "produces all the electricity and most of the hot water needs for the farm."

Posted in Agriculture, Green Tech

09 Aug 2017

Generative design and the radical, skeletal new look of tomorrow

Loz Blain, New Atlas

Generative design and the radical, skeletal new look of tomorrow

One little button in a piece of CAD software is threatening to fundamentally change the way we design, as well as what the built world looks like in the near future. Inspired by evolution, generative design produces extremely strong, efficient and lightweight shapes. And boy do they look weird.

Posted in Industrial

08 Aug 2017

Dutch students 'grow' a biodegradable car made of beet sugar and flax

Amanda Froelich, Inhabitat

Dutch students 'grow' a biodegradable car made of beet sugar and flax

The TU/Ecomotive team at the Eindhoven University of Technology successfully created a biodegradable car made out of beet sugar and flax.

According to Reuters, the only components not made of bio-based materials are the wheels and suspension system. The car is named Lina, and its lightweight frame has a similar strength-weight ratio to fiberglass.

Posted in Automotive, Green Tech

07 Aug 2017

Building A Simple AI Chatbot With Web Speech API And Node.js

Tomomi Imura, Smashing Magazine

Building A Simple AI Chatbot With Web Speech API And Node.js

With the current state of web apps, we can rely on various UI elements to interact with users. With the Web Speech API, we can develop rich web applications with natural user interactions and minimal visual interface, using voice commands. This enables countless use cases for richer web applications. Moreover, the API can make web apps accessible, helping people with physical or cognitive disabilities or injuries. The future web will be more conversational and accessible!

Posted in IT & Computing

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