Fixing the Future from IEEE Spectrum magazine is a weekly look at the cultural, business, and environmental consequences of technological solutions to hard problems like sustainability, climate change, and the ethics and scientific challenges posed by AI. IEEE Spectrum is the flagship magazine of IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization devoted to engineering and the applied sciences.
New MEMS Tech Lets Watches Run For Over A Decade On A Single Battery
Co-CEO's of Silmach, Pierre-Francois Louvigne and Jean-Baptiste Carnet, talk about their new MEMS technology with IEEE Spectrum editor Glenn Zorpette. The tech has been used to create the first major upgrade to the movement of quartz watches in decades, a power efficient motor that is 50 percent smaller, allows fluid forward-and-back motion of the hand, and requires so little power a watch can run for over a decade before it needs a new battery. Louvigne talk about their new hybrid watch, which combine smartwatch electronics with analog faces, and partnerships with manufacturers such as Timex.
SUSE, Oracle, And CIQ Create a New Linux Alliance
Alan Clark of SUSE talks with IEEE Spectrum editor Stephen Cass about the disruption in the enterprise Linux community caused by recent announcements by Red Hat over open source access to its codebase, and the formation of the Open Enterprise Linux Alliance (Open ELA) by SUSE, Oracle and CIQ in response.
Justine Bateman's Fight Against Generative AI In Hollywood
Justine Bateman is an author and filmmaker. She also holds a degree in computer science from UCLA and is the AI advisor to SAG-AFTRA, the actors' union currently striking against movie and television studios. In this episode, Bateman talks with IEEE Spectrum senior editor Stephen Cass about actors' demands for control and compensation over digital avatars created in their likeness, and the destructive potential of generative AI in Hollywood.
Your Life As A Digital Ghost
Wendy H. Wong is a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia, and author of the just released book, We, The Data: Human Rights in the Digital Age. An excerpt from the book regarding the emerging prospect of digitally reanimating the departed is available on IEEE Spectrum's website. In this episode of Fixing The Future, Wong talks with senior editor Eliza Strickland about how the increasing datification of our lives could make this prospect possible—with or without our consent.
The Future of Moore's Law Is Inside This Willy Wonka Machine
IEEE Spectrum's resident semiconductor expert Samuel K. Moore talks with host Stephen Cass about ASML's enormous machine that's at the heart of chip manufacturing and explain the latest tricks with extreme ultraviolet that will keep Moore's Law going. In addition, new technologies from Edwards and Nvidia should make manufacturing chips greener and faster respectively.
Finding Battery Minerals With AI
Reducing our global carbon footprint by switching to electric vehicles means we need a lot more batteries. And that means we need a lot more copper, nickel, cobalt, and lithium to make those batteries. Josh Goldman of KoBold Metals talks to senior editor Eliza Strickland about using AI to decipher geological formations and find new deposits of these minerals, and you can read more in his recent feature for IEEE Spectrum.