Friday, 13 July 2018

Interesting Reads – 2018-07-11

Interesting Reads – 2018-07-11

Making DNA Data Storage a Reality: A few kilograms of DNA could theoretically store all of humanity’s data, but there are practical challenges to overcome. Read the article

5G Future: Selected Papers: The IEEE Communications Society offers free access to the following papers from IEEE Communications Magazine, as well as other IEEE Communications Society magazines, journals and conferences for a limited period.  
1. Next Generation 5G Wireless Networks: A Comprehensive Survey
2. Index Modulation Techniques for 5G Wireless Networks
3. A Survey of Energy-Efficient Techniques for 5G Networks and Challenges Ahead
4. User-Centric Ultra-Dense Networks for 5G: Challenges, Methodologies, and Directions.

Supercomputers Take To The Sea: The advent of powerful supercomputers represents a sea change for computational fluid dynamics, a field which is helping scientists and engineers demystify the inner workings of the ocean. Read the article

Is there such a thing as online privacy? 7 essential reads: Over the course of 2017, people in the U.S. and around the world became increasingly concerned about how their digital data are transmitted, stored and analyzed. As news broke that every Yahoo email account had been compromised, as well as the financial information of nearly every adult in the U.S., the true scale of how much data private companies have about people became clearer than ever. This, of course, brings them enormous profits, but comes with significant social and individual risks. Many scholars are researching aspects of this issue, both describing the problem in greater detail and identifying ways people can reclaim power over the data their lives and online activity generate. Here we spotlight seven examples from the 2017 archives of The Conversation. Read the post

The best way to learn new technologies is by doing. Here’s some inspiration: I’ve recently published How I stay up-to-date as a Developer. That story was, of course, about how to get to know all these new “shiny” technologies. It was also a bit about learning but it was mostly about knowing these things exist. The question now is: What if you want to actually learn them? Again, I want to emphasize that you should not jump on the bandwagon of every new technology, first because you don’t need to, and second because this would lead you into tech-fatigue, burning out, a dysfunctional social life, depression and potential suicide. But suppose you decided to learn this new thing anyway, how do you do it? Read the post

New insights into Turing patterns: A team of researchers at EMBL have expanded Alan Turing’s seminal theory on how patterns are created in biological systems. This work, published on 20 June in Physical Review X, may answer whether nature’s patterns are governed by Turing’s mathematical model, and could have applications in tissue engineering. Read the post

Eight skill sets needed to set up your dream digital team: With every company jumping on to the digital bandwagon, demand for technology talent is unprecedented. However, given the novelty of the profession, the supply of talent is short. Here are the specific skill sets that these employees should have and some ways to make them work effectively. Read the article

Conflict Management Techniques: Conflict situations are an important aspect of the workplace. A conflict is a situation when the interests, needs, goals or values of involved parties interfere with one another. A conflict is a common phenomenon in the workplace. Different stakeholders may have different priorities; conflicts may involve team members, departments, projects, organization and client, boss and subordinate, organization needs vs. personal needs. Often, a conflict is a result of perception. Is conflict a bad thing? Not necessarily. Often, a conflict presents opportunities for improvement. Therefore, it is important to understand (and apply) various conflict resolution techniques. Read the post

The Operator 4.0: Human Cyber-Physical Systems & Adaptive Automation Towards Human-Automation Symbiosis Work Systems: A vision for the Operator 4.0 is presented in this paper in the context of human cyber-physical systems and adaptive automation towards humanautomation symbiosis work systems for a socially sustainable manufacturing workforce. Discussions include base concepts and enabling technologies for the development of human-automation symbiosis work systems in Industry 4.0. Download the paper

Touchscreens for dogs, wearables for chickens: welcome to the world of animal technology: Imagine leaving your dog at home while it turns on the smart TV and chooses a programme to watch. Meanwhile you visit a zoo where you play interactive touchscreen games with the apes and watch the dolphins using sonar to order their lunch. In the field behind you, a farmer is stroking his flock of chickens virtually, leaving the drones to collect sheep while the cows milk themselves. Welcome to the unusual world of animal technology. Read the article


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