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NASA: Hard-Earned Lessons Can Yield Reliability

In the aftermath of the fatal Apollo 1 launchpad fire in January 1967 — among the most egregious examples of sacrificing safety and reliability to schedule — the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration learned the hard lessons of the avoidable tragedy, pulled up its socks, and built some of the most reliable machines ever…

Boeing Crashes Highlight a Worsening Reliability Crisis

A growing body of evidence indicates that electronics, aerospace, and other technology manufacturers under unrelenting competitive pressure are placing time-to-market considerations ahead of reliability — even for mission-critical systems. In the stunning case of the Boeing 737 Max, evidence is mounting that the airplane maker, abetted by regulators, compromised safety in its quest to compete…

Should Engineering Education be Reimagined Around AI?

Traditional electronic engineering degrees should be reimagined to embrace AI and machine learning, according to a prominent UK academic. Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and ARM Professor of Computer Engineering at Southampton University, proposed a new type of engineering degree which focuses on “engineering in the era of AI”. Speaking at…

Technology Can and Will Circumvent Trade Wars

“Out of adversity comes opportunity,” states the adage widely attributed to Benjamin Franklin. An older proverb, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” is often mistakenly credited to Plato. Both are relevant today as technology businesses wrestle with the supply-chain implications of the U.S.-China trade war. In the need of the hour, tech companies are finding…

Cyber Security Gets Recognition in UK Tech Awards

In a week when a new group formed to deliver the first ever open source silicon root of trust (RoT) design, the UK tech industry has recognized security companies in its annual awards, with five out of 13 awards going to security-related individuals and organizations. Hosted by TechWorks – the UK industry association for ‘deep…

A New Chip For Quantum Computing

The race for quantum technology is increasingly intriguing. Google and IBM are beginning to develop quantum computers that would revolutionize computing at speeds now inconceivable. A much-awaited strength of quantum technology lies in cryptography. With the proliferation of IoT and the next 5G, it is extremely important to create secure channels. In contrast, quantum channels…

Power Factor Correction Increases the Efficiency of Industry

Energy usage and efficiency levels are being placed under closer scrutiny than ever before, as consumers become more concerned about the size of their utility bills and business owners look to curb their spiraling operational expenses. All this is being further exacerbated by the increasingly important environmental aspect, with the widespread recognition that inefficient devices…

Why Medical Devices Need Security — and How to Achieve It

The internet of things (IoT) brings together billions of devices every day, with exponential growth that is changing the way we carry out our daily activities. Smart homes reduce overall energy consumption. New developments will allow cars to be connected with smart-city infrastructure to create an entirely different ecosystem for the driver. And connected health…

The Shadow of the Human Factor

In a powerful explanation that was dramatized in the movie “Sully,” US Airways pilot Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger clarified vividly the significance of the “human factor” in our digital age. After saving 155 people by landing his disabled Airbus A320 in the Hudson River in January 2009, Sully became a national hero. But soon after, he…