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.

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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.

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.