SF Technotes

Flexible Tech Adjusts to COVID

Rapid changes and repurposing of technologies due to the COVID epidemic are reaching into areas as diverse as shops and boardrooms—seating AI replacements in call centers, friendly robotic monitors in parks, virtual shopping squads in cyber malls, and futurists at corporate headquarters.

IMA Moments

IMA’s Free Educational Offerings during the Pandemic

In this month’s IMA Moments blog post, Debbie Warner, IMA’s vice president of education and career services, highlights the new free educational resources available to members through June 30, 2020.

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Artificially Intelligent Inventors

If an AI computer is sufficiently intelligent to create new designs for helpful devices, should the machine or system be allowed to apply for a patent for its inventions? DABUS (from Imagination Engines) tried, but patent law in the U.S. and the U.K. currently ban this kind of application...for now.

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COBOL, the Everlasting Software

As the world presses forward with the efforts to achieve quantum-scale computers and molecular-size memory, a computer programming language developed more than a half century ago is disrupting a critical effort to process unemployment applications during the COVID-19 crisis.

IMA Moments

Staying Sharp While Social Distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to social distance in unprecedented ways. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still sharpen your skills. Jodi Ryan, CAE, writes about all of the IMA resources—such as webinars, Excel courses, and podcasts—that you can access while sheltering in place.

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Supercomputers vs. COVID-19

The search for a vaccine and treatments for the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing worldwide, and now 16 of the most powerful supercomputers and their teams have become partners in a coalition that will provide vast computational power for the researchers. The XSEDE portal will share reports and results.

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Suddenly You’re Working from Home

Transitioning from the office to full-time at home can be difficult and a little scary. But if you set routines, maintain borders, communicate often, and take breaks outside, you’ll find it easier to organize a familiar and comfortable setting. There are also communication apps to help. 

IMA Moments

Diversity and Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. In celebrating women in leadership and diversity of thought, IMA’s director of Diversity and Inclusion, Linda Devonish-Mills, writes about unconscious bias in the workplace and the powerful value women can find in male or female mentorships.

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MIT’s Breakthrough Technologies in 2020

MIT’s breakthrough technologies for 2020 includes quantum supremacy and quantum networks, digital currencies, medical research into gene editing, AI-guided molecular treatments, more powerful AI on mobiles, differential privacy, and more accurate climate change attribution.

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Personal Computing Pioneer Dies

Though Larry Tesler will rightly be remembered for his innovations like the copy, cut, and paste or search and replace commands, his axiomatic commitment to simplifying complex technical processes was a defining influence on computers worldwide. He passed away on February 17, 2020.