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‘Quantum computers will soon outperform classical machines’July 1, 2019

European scientists have spent 100 years developing the field of quantum mechanics – a branch of physics dealing with the atomic and subatomic scale – and we need to reap the profits now that quantum computers and other technologies are becoming a reality, according to Dr Thomas Monz from the University of Innsbruck
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Far from baby STEPS as engineer young guns show the wayMay 7, 2019

From a 'Safe Driving' sensor to a 'Basketball Bin' and a 'SolaChip' to charge your phone wirelessly, the inaugural STEPS Young Engineers Award proved to be an impressive display of engineering aptitude and innovative insight, writes Marita Reilly

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Why reliability engineering won’t maintain the status quoMarch 12, 2019

While many are working towards creating the ‘factory of the future’, most have yet to start integrating Industry 4.0 into their business and operating models; to win in a competitive environment, manufacturers will need to start 'being bolder in their vision, strategies and actions', writes Mary Sweetman

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Self-driving cars and robots: Identifying AI ‘blind spots’February 12, 2019

A novel model identifies instances in which autonomous systems have 'learned' from training examples that don't match what's actually happening in the real world. Engineers could use this model to improve the safety of AI systems, such as driverless vehicles and autonomous robots
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Building trustworthy artificial intelligenceJanuary 15, 2019

A recent symposium explores methods for making artificial intelligence systems more reliable, secure, and transparent, and Aleksander Madry - an associate professor of computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) -compares AI to a sharp knife, a useful but potentially hazardous tool that society must learn to wield properly