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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's Technology Education Committee. (TEC)

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

Machine Learning
New Materials
 Predictive Analytics 

Synthetic Chemistry
Voice Search Technology
Workforce Impact, New Tech

Polymer discovery gives 3D-printed sand super strength


Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory designed a novel polymer to bind and strengthen silica sand for binder jet additive manufacturing, a 3D-printing method used by industries for prototyping and part production.


The printable polymer enables sand structures with intricate geometries and exceptional strength -- and is also water soluble. Silica sand is a cheap, readily available material that has been gaining interest in automotive and aerospace sectors for creating composite parts. Lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber or fiberglass, are wrapped around 3D-printed sand cores, or "tools," and cured with heat. Silica sand is attractive for tooling because it does not change dimensions when heated and because it offers a unique advantage in washable tooling.


A Game Changer for Smart Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices


Functional electrolyte design will be a game-changer for the field of smart EES devices. Truly smart energy storage has the potential to become a game-changing, key technology in the approaching 4th Industrial Revolution. Research is continuing at a considerable pace, opening the way to power future technology in a manner not currently possible with conventional EES devices. Growth in the smart electronics market has led to strong demand for the development of new, efficient power sources.


Future smart electronics require more than just superior levels of energy storage, though: they also require EES devices that can monitor internal parameters in real-time and regulate and adjust their internal energy storage. Internal parameters include temperature, mechanical properties, and voltage. Power sources also need to be reliable. This is not possible with current EES technologies.


High-performance, low-cost machine learning infrastructure is accelerating innovation in the cloud machine learning technologies


To enable customers to accelerate their AI/ML transformation, AWS is building high-performance and low-cost machine learning chips. AWS Inferentia is the first machine learning chip built from the ground up by AWS for the lowest cost machine learning inference in the cloud..


Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI and ML) are key technologies that help organizations develop new ways to increase sales, reduce costs, streamline business processes, and understand their customers better, BUT as deep learning models become larger and more sophisticated theyresult in rising costs to run underlying infrastructure to train and deploy these models.


3 Disruptive Companies Shaping the Future of Technology

What is it? is delivering a first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence-as-a-service offering, so any company can access the benefits of AI.

PubMatic is deriving data from cookie-less environments to combat recent changes to data policies from companies like Apple and Google.

Joby is pioneering urban air mobility, which can transport passengers to locations five times faster than cars.

Why important.

These three companies represent the next generation of innovation.



37-Year-Olds Are Afraid of the 23-Year-Olds Who Work for ThemWhat is it?

What is it?
Employers said there’s a new boldness in the way Gen Z dictates taste. And some members of Gen Z, defined as the 72 million people born between 1997 and 2012, or simply as anyone too young to remember Sept. 11, are quick to affirm this characterization.

Why important.

Many managers feel that ignoring the divide between young and the slightly less young isn’t an option. It shapes hiring. It shapes marketing. And over the last year, it has shaped the way companies respond to a country in tumult. For ex: how to respond when Gen Z employees insisted on taking days off for menstrual cramps or mental health: “Hey I woke up and I’m not in a good place mentally,” went the typical text message. “I’m not going to come in today.”


Employees are designing the workplace of the future. Posted 21_10_24

What is it? This summer SAP, a large software company, rolled out a brand-new, hybrid work pilot program at their offices in Palo Alto. For months they tested different floor plans and setups, a variety of work schedules, the most productive uses of space and the ideal structure and composition of meetings suited for this new world by having employees answer “Why do we go to the office?”

to be around other people and work collaboratively?
because it’s a dedicated location to focus on our work in a unique way?
because we believe it’s necessary to be “seen”?
because we’re just supposed to, because it’s what we’ve always done?

Why Important: See what have they learned and how can you apply some of the lessons to your business



Best power banks: The top portable chargers for devices. Posted 21_10_24

What is it? Evaluated a wide range of power banks from different manufacturers, costing different prices, and some offering unique features. The picks reflect a range of needs. (Included are a roundup of USB car chargers if you spend a lot of time in transit.)

Why Important: Culls through various charging specs, ports, and even cables you have to consider, from the ton of competing brands. Learn which ones actually live up to their promise


China Could Dominate Advanced Technologies. Posted 21_10_24

What is it? U.S. officials issued new warnings Friday about China’s ambitions in artificial intelligence and a range of advanced technologies that could eventually give Beijing a decisive military edge and possible dominance over health care and other essential sectors in America.

Why important. Chinese companies have also offered COVID-19 testing kits and genetic testing in the U.S., meeting federal privacy standards and other regulationsThe data collected by companies with ties to China could ultimately end up in the hands of Beijing. China alreadyhas the greatest access to medical data of any country, You said. With its data collection and its advancements in technology, Beijing could one day be dominant in health care and leave the U.S. wholly dependent on China, he said.


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