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Delphi’s Split Should Help the Supplier Polish Its High-Tech Image

October 2, 2017

Delphi Automotive’s recent spin-off of its powertrain business was done to enable the supplier to focus on new opportunities, but it also may be a reflection of a growing dilemma for all auto companies – how to profit from traditional technology while satisfying Wall Street’s appetite for high tech.

Worlds of Industrial Automation and Process Control Begin to Merge

October 2, 2017

One huge potential benefit of the current push to new industrial communication standards, driven by the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0’s smart manufacturing initiatives, is open, secure, interoperable architectures that integrate solutions that address both discrete and process automation.

Bias In, Bias Out: How AI Can Become Racist

September 29, 2017

Microsoft must have only had the best intentions when it launched its artificial intelligence (AI) program, Tay, onto Twitter in the spring of 2016. Tay was a chatbot meant to tweet and sound like an 18 to 24 year old girl, with all of the same slang, verbiage, and vernacular. The more it interacted with humans on Twitter, the more it would learn and the more human it would sound.

Watch ABB's YuMI Robot Conduct an Orchestra

September 29, 2017

YuMi the dual arm collaborative robot released by ABB had a night at the opera on earlier this month – as a conductor.

In a display that was part robotics demonstration, part art project YuMi conducted the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Italy, as part of the gala of the First International Festival of Robotics. The team at ABB set out to show that YuMi was capable of learning the precise movements of even an orchestra conductor.

Don’t Miss These 8 ESC Minneapolis Events

September 29, 2017

Quick, name three things Minneapolis is known for!

You may have immediately thought of cold weather, perhaps Prince came to the minds of music fans out there, and you may or may not have thought of embedded systems design -- but you should.

Between major companies like Stratasys headquartering in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area and work being done by schools like the University of Minnesota, the region has become a hotbed for embedded systems design and engineering.

Trump Calls for an Investigation into China’s IP Theft

September 28, 2017

President Trump recently signed an executive memorandum intended to catalyze an investigation into China’s alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property (IP). The order is a first step in the attempt to solve the annual cost of IP theft to the U.S – a figure that may be upwards of $600 billion.