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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.

IMA Moments

Innovation, Upskilling Lead to Success

Alain Mulder, The Netherlands-based senior director of Europe operations at IMA, recounts lessons learned from his career path and shares advice for students and early-career professionals, including the need to always keep improving your skills, innovating business models, and embracing technology.

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Decryption Using Only One Hand

We already use our fingerprints to access our computers and stare at scanners to unlock doors. But now a research team is creating a connection that uses the electromagnetic radiance (infrared light) that our hands naturally emit for unlocking and creating passkeys, and decrypting messages and data.

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The AI Chip That Runs on Light

The computing resources needed to run AI deep learning are doubling every four months, and the clock is running toward the time when we will no longer be able to sustain this growth. The answer might be in computers running on light rather than electrons, and one photonic chip is on its way this yea...

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Embrace Tech, Upskill for Career Success

Loreal Jiles, IMA’s director of research for digital technology and finance transformation, shares details from her career path, including moving up the ladder at BP. She urges students and professionals to embrace technology and focus on continuous education and upskilling to remain relevant

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Interplanetary Twins

What began with the landing of the Mars rover Perseverance on February 18, 2021, is an exploration by twin rovers that will likely run on for a decade or more on the distant planet. The purpose is to search for possible signs of past life and to evaluate the potential for future habitation on Mars.

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The Internet Computer

Currently under construction by DFINITY, the Internet Computer will expand the internet by providing a public blockchain platform for developers and entrepreneurs where they can create websites, enterprise systems, and internet services in an environment that’s as fast as the web and boundless.

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Get Involved, Move Up the Career Ladder

Echo Tang, IMA’s China-based director of marketing and communications, shares her career-development advice for students and early-career professionals, whom she urges to find the best fit and take advantage of professional organizations’ networking, mentorship, and educational opportunities.

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Tech Trends for Smart Cities in 2021

International Data Corporation has looked at smart cities around the world and produced a report on its predictions of the digital directions to be expected in the next five years. COVID-19 has forced significant changes, but the shift to digital planning and solutions in urban areas continues.

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Innovation Award Winners at CES 2021

This year’s CES expo may have been virtual and smaller, but the award winners weren’t disappointing. The eye-opening tech included wearable medical devices, an autonomous seafaring ship, a chatty refrigerator, and a device the shape of a pocket flashlight that can read aloud to you.