Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission raises the issue as central in her last address as European Digital Commissioner. It is telling that three men are needed to replace her. "We have" she says made big strategic investments in essential research from 5G to electronics and robotics and more. But you can’t shape this world only from the top. Leaders at other levels and with different job descriptions have a responsibility to engage with this new digital world."
Fewer cords, smaller antennas and quicker video transmission may result from a new microwave circuit designed at Chalmers University of Technology. The circuit research team currently holds an attention-grabbing record and results will be presented at a conference in San Diego.
IBM and GlobalFoundries have signed a Definitive Agreement under which GlobalFoundries plans to acquire IBM's global commercial semiconductor technology business, including IP, world-class technologists and technologies related to IBM Microelectronics, subject to completion of regulatory reviews.
GlobalFoundries will also become IBM's exclusive provider of server processor semiconductor technology for 22nm, 14nm and 10nm semiconductors for the next 10 years.
A new anthology of verse from Joseph Lee, Dundee’s forgotten war poet, will be launched at the city’s annual Literary Festival this week. ‘Joseph Lee: Poems from the Great War’ is the first collection of poems by Lee to be published for decades. His life and work will be celebrated at the launch event at the Bonar Hall from 7.30pm on Wednesday, 22nd October.
An Alice in Wonderland corporate Quadrille in Airport sales weakens the force of competition law, notes ForArgyll, while the Zodiac signs seem to be backed up by recent research in neuro-psychopharmacology and bankers are out to make money out of you!!
Particle physicists have a hard time identifying all the elementary particles created in their particle accelerators. Now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have designed a material that makes it much easier to distinguish the particles.
The Hebridean island, three hours by ferry from Oban, has had its water supplies cu,t after Scottish Water decided, with no warming to cap the only public water tap located on the pier, claiming the tap was being misused by yacht visitors.
Professor Douglas Paul, a University of Glasgow physicist has received the Institute of Physics President’s Medal of which only eight such medals have been presented since the award’s inception in 1998. He joins such recipients as particle physicist and broadcaster Professor Brian Cox in 2012 and World Wide Web inventor Sir Timothy Berners-Lee in 2006.
*At the 2014 World Economic Forum, Commissioner Neelie Kroes called on the private sector, representative organisations and social partners to endorse the “Davos Declaration” on the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. One of the three concrete asks of this declaration was to assist in the modernisation of European education systems to ensure that no student leaves school without a basic set of ICT skills. The reply is as follows:
The average smartphone user checks their device 221 times a day for tasks it emerges as a study of 2,000 smartphone owners revealers the extent to which we rely on handheld devices in everyday life - that at its basic is 3hours and 41 minutes of a day devoted to a device!
Scientists at the University of Twente are working developing robots that are expected to save lives in calamity situations in the Alps. The emphasis within this SHERPA project is on cooperation between human rescue workers, the ground robot (‘ground rover’) with a robotic arm and flying robots.
The Nobel Committee has decided the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.
On the internet Dr Giovanni Vigna can be found as the computer science professor at UCSB (University of California in Santa Barbara), with 500 connections on LinkedIn and also seen as co-founder and CTO of Lastline
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2014 is awarded to the French, Paris-based author Patrick Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”.
As Gartner examines the shift in the age old relationships between man and machine, due to the emergence of digital business, two early founders of older-style digital business IBM (1911) and HP (1939) are busy reinventing themselves. IBM has recently opened its New York offices for Watson, while Hewlett Packard has split into Inc and Enterprise.
Quantum computing will allow for the creation of powerful computers, but also much smarter and more creative robots than conventional ones is the conclusion arrived at by researchers from Spain and Austria, who confirm quantum tools help robots learn and respond much faster to their surrounding stimuli.
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