SF Technotes

Designing Safe Robotics

We have robots that are capable of all kinds of work from picking orders in a warehouse to becoming a surgeon’s hands during knee surgery. But as you ask them to provide humanlike services, the difficulties increase exponentially and their own development can slow to a crawl for some prototypes.

IMA Moments

Communication, Collaboration, Connection

Jodi Ryan, director of member engagement at IMA, offers lessons of adaptability and resilience for young and seasoned professionals alike after she gained a new perspective on how important communication, collaboration, and connection are while working remotely during the pandemic.

SF Technotes

Ransomware, Inc. in 2021

Ransomware poses a serious threat to individuals and institutions, and the bad guys are now organizing to maximize profits. The growth in RaaS (ransomware as a service), offering the malware to any who want to rent it on commission, is getting a boost from dark web, VC-style investing.

SF Technotes

The Web’s Cartographer

Martin Vargic’s latest Map of the Internet has a data designer’s global view of the whole sprawling universe of networks, plus answers to what’s the most popular website, the most expensive domain name, the top channels on YouTube, and how much time people in the Netherlands spend online.

IMA Moments

Multinationals vs. Not-for-Profits

Juliana Donegan, director of acquisition marketing at IMA, analyzes the similarities and differences of working at large for-profit companies such as Western Union and others compared to working at a not-for-profit organization, with advice for navigating a career path based on her own experiences.

SF Technotes

A Lens on the World

Searches on Google became more intuitive with the first version of visual search in Google Goggles. Now, it’s even more accurate with the second-generation Google Lens. Want to know what kind of decorative hedge that is, or what that sign posted in Icelandic means? Just show them to your phone.

SF Technotes

Google: Commercial Quantum by 2029

At its recently dedicated Quantum AI campus, Google announced it would have a commercial quantum computer ready before the end of the decade. Others are claiming even shorter delivery dates, and when they arrive, the new rules of quantum mechanics will revolutionize a wide range of technologies.

IMA Moments

Thriving Despite Adversity

Bernardin Generalao, Switzerland-based business development director of regional partner relations at IMA, recounts his career path and shares advice for professionals based on his experience in various countries around the world pursuing professional success tenaciously in the face of adversity.

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Europe Creates a Rulebook for AI

AI systems are often based on opaque algorithms that combine with an ability to learn on their own with little human intervention. That just cries out for some kind of regulation and oversight. The European Commission has just released its plan for a rule book for AI use and development in the EU.

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World-Changing Technologies in 2021

A glimpse of where our current technology is headed shows up in a list in the MIT Technology Review. Here’s the 2021 top 10 technologies poised to tilt the landscape, from messenger RNA vaccines to GPS accurate within millimeters, and from data trusts for personal information to green hydrogen.