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A two-minute read alerting you to the latest trends from around the world advancing technology and innovation and building the workforce of the future, curated by the NMTC Executive Director.

 Technologies we are tracking this calendar quarter are (suggest ed by members to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):

3D and 4D Printing
Artificial Intelligence
Autonomous Vehicles
Battery Technology


Cloud Technology
Cybersecurity Hyperautomation
Machine Learning
New Materials
 

Predictive Analytics
Robotics
Synthetic Chemistry
TeleHealth
Voice Search Technology

WHAT IS IT?

Brain-computer interfaces have been implanted in humans for the first time

WHY IMPORTANT

The implant is an electrode mesh array implanted via the jugular vein using well-established neurointerventional techniques. Since this procedure avoids drilling into the skull and open brain surgery, tens of thousands of physicians and clinics around the world already can perform the operation. And, with a series of yes or no signals transmitted via this device, a specially designed app allows text entry and control of a mobile device or computer.

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WHAT IS IT

How Hyper-Automation Can Help You Transform Your Business

WHY IMPORTANT

Hyper-automation encompasses an entire ecosystem of tools and technologies. The combination not only promises an increased degree of intuitiveness and intelligence but also enables businesses to make better use of their resources by transforming previously used archaic methodologies.

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 WHAT IS IT?

How Fragile is the Cloud, Really?

WHY IMPORTANT

A severe cloud infrastructure outage often feels less like a service disruption and more like an earthquake. An 8-hour cloud outage during holiday shopping season could cost a retailer millions of dollars. Here's how CIOs are weighing the risks and costs of outages against the complexities and costs of building resilience.

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WHAT IS IT?

A different liquid solution and a specific kind of salt create a new electrolyte that enables a longer life cycle than most sodium-ion batteries previously reported.

WHY IMPORTANT

Rising demand for batteries has caused the price of lithium to skyrocket—it’s up nearly 450% compared with last year, according to S&P Global Commodity Insights. Sodium, meanwhile, “has an almost unlimited supply.” China is also ready to launch a commercial sodium batter and is leading this research.

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WHAT IS IT?

Risks increase as the world becomes more digital, regulated, and interconnected, but businesses can take steps to reduce their impact. Cyber security will always be a work in progress. The key to effective risk management is having proactive visibility and context across the entire attack surface.

WHY IMPORTANT

Since the pandemic the cyber world has become a far riskier place. Even more alarming is that these attacks are happening despite businesses doubling down on their cyber security spend.

Cyber security is at a critical inflection point where five mega trends are making the threat landscape riskier, more complicated, and costlier to manage than previously reported. To better understand the evolution of this threat landscape, let’s examine these trends in more detail.

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WHAT IS IT?

Creating a framework for communicating the hybrid workplace in your company.

WHY IMPORTANT

McKinsey predicts nine out of ten organizations will combine remote and on-site work in the coming years. As hybrid working becomes the permanent way of working, we must ask whether companies are ready for the massive changes this will have on HR processes, leadership practices for engaging a global workforce, and the design of the office of the future.

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How to tell if artificial intelligence is working the way we want it to

WHAT IS IT?

Explaining feature attribution methods to show what the AI model pays the most attention to when it makes a prediction, using interpretability methods.

WHY IMPORTANT

The AI models are so enormously complex, even the researchers who design them don’t fully understand how they work. This makes it hard to know whether they are working correctly. With so much uncertainty swirling around these so-called “black-box” models, this puzzle has led to a new and rapidly growing area of study in which researchers develop and test explanation methods (also called interpretability methods) that seek to shed some light on how black-box machine-learning models make predictions.

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Weaving the Automation Fabric - Why you can’t afford to ignore the rise of holistic automation

WHAT IS IT?

Automation Fabric combines process automation with IT infrastructure automation to connect processes and orchestrate work across the entire enterprise.

WHY IMPORTANT

At this point in time, many organizations have found themselves drowning in digital complexity and technical debt. IA 2021 report by Forrester lays it out succinctly, “tactical, cost-focused automation disconnected from digital transformation goals” has resulted in:

  • Siloed automation (what Forrester refers to as “Islands of automation”)
  • Overreliance on a single automation technology
  • A short-term approach to automation whereby “pockets of inefficiency are patched up” but long-term modernizations investments are avoided

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John W. Casner, Executive Director
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