Artificial, With Questionable Intelligence


A common theme is emerging in the race to develop big machines that can navigate through a world filled with people, animals, and other assorted objects—if an accident is inevitable, what options are available to machines and how should they decide?   This question was raised at a number of semiconductor industry conferences over the past few weeks, which is interesting because this idea h... » read more

Is The IoT Getting Safer?


The Internet of Things as we know has been in use in some form or another for at least a decade, but it is only in the past several years that it has achieved enough success that security has become an overriding issue. The fact that breaches are no longer shocking is a sign that attacks are becoming more common. Only the biggest and baddest hacks raise eyebrows, like today's hack of Germany... » read more

Privacy Is In Retreat


It was always a given that when you were online, you're in public. The deceptive piece is that your online activities can appear very distant from your physical location. You might be shopping from the comfort and seeming privacy of your living room, or texting on your smart phone before you get out of bed. This created a lot of buzz initially, but over the past year or so the level of paran... » read more

Can Autonomous Cars Get Around The Corner?


With all the buzz about autonomous vehicles, one big problem still remains. People and autonomous vehicles don't get along well together. Cars are predictable. People are not. Cars behave according to a predetermined set of rules. People look for opportunities and take them, even if they're sometimes not the wisest choice, such as passing around a blind curve or driving too fast on slippery ... » read more

The IoT Is Alive And Well


There has been a lot of grumbling lately about the IoT and how it has failed to live up to expectations. But the problem may be less about the success of the IoT than the ability of any group of chipmakers and manufacturers to capitalize on its success. The IoT has been growing steadily since the term was first coined by Kevin Ashton, who began using RFID inside of Procter & Gamble to ma... » read more

Medical IoT Heats Up


Ever since the IoT was first introduced as a concept, the possibility of using ordinary devices or chips for monitoring health has been mostly an unfulfilled promise. In fact, one of the biggest selling points of smart watches and other wearables initially was the ability to monitor everything from heart irregularities to sugar levels on a continuous basis rather than a once-a-year electroca... » read more

Get Ready For The Uber-Like Economy


The shift to autonomous cars will have far-reaching effects that go well beyond the loss of a steering wheel. In fact, it could completely shake up the automotive ecosystem and broad swaths of the economy that were largely built around and in cars. Carmakers are now trying squeeze every penny out of the cost of electronics for assisted and ultimately autonomous vehicles to get that price som... » read more

Is The IoT Making Progress In Business?


Mention the Internet of Things and most people think about smart appliances or wearable electronics. But one of the biggest growth opportunities involves the digitalization of the workplace, and this is where a business case can be made—or lost—for widespread adoption of connected devices. A new Economist Intelligence Unit study found that 21% of executives surveyed believe the IoT alrea... » read more

The Year Of Autonomous Cars


The move to fully autonomous vehicles is supposed to happen in 2021. Some carmakers say they will be ready by 2020. But a growing number of engineers and scientists who develop technology for this market don't believe those dates are realistic. Dozens of interviews conducted over the past several months point to a likely rollout of fully autonomous vehicles—steering wheel optional—somewh... » read more

How Good Is Your Data?


Machines can be taught by other machines. They also can talk to other machines on their own, with no human intervention, which is the great attraction of the Internet of Things. Sensor clusters or other trucks can pass along critical data that alerts a multi-trailered truck to slow down or take a different route. And sensors feeding a variety of data, such as temperature or vibration, can is... » read more

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