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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?

A synopsis of the thinking of more than 40 cybersecurity-related companies to help provide a picture of what to expect, and it’s often not pretty. So brace yourself – it could be a rocky year.

WHY IMPORTANT

The success rate of cyberattacks on businesses will decrease, Increasing the frequency of attacks that use a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS), successful large-scale attacks delivered through open-source software, mobile malware attacks will increase, social media platforms will become the fastest-growing attack surface, the cybersecurity skills gap will only widen, API attacks will get more advanced, AND hackers will have speedier access to newer technologies and organizations won’t be able to keep up with them

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 WHAT IS IT?

This innovative material can resist supersonic impacts and could be used to develop armor and other impact-resistant materials.

WHY IMPORTANT

The tremendous temperatures of nuclear fusion reactors or the conquest of outer space are fields in which the development of new materials has become a critical requirement. The main property of this new material is its high strength combined with unprecedented lightness. Specifically, the researchers indicate it will be much stronger than Kevlar or steel used in protective clothing or the coating of objects and structures.

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WHAT IS IT

Natural Fiber Welding uses an innovative process to treat cotton and make it behave more like synthetic fibers by partially breaking down the cotton organic material and leaving it stronger and denser. The result is cotton yarn that behaves more like synthetic fibers.

WHY IMPORTANT

Plastics are problematic for humans and the environment. Natural Fiber Welding, offers an alternative to synthetic fabrics. These  products are high quality and sustainable, and the technology is scalable, which is important to automakers.

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WHAT IS IT?

The 21st-century AI developments are extremely dynamic, as advancements are made in many fields ranging from human speech synthesis and photo and video analytics to building advanced neural networks for semantic parsing and question answering.

WHY IMPORTANT

AI-powered operating processes are the inevitable future of humankind, which will allow individuals to automate routine tasks and companies to increase operating efficiency and thus boost revenues and cut costs. Electronic intelligence will be a part of business processes, and large companies are accelerating the emergence of this trend. For example, Autodesk and General Motors are applying generative planning algorithms to develop details of better parts designs, and Bridgestone is introducing the EXAMATION system into manufacturing, to allow monitoring of the quality of tires produced based on almost 500 technical specifications.

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WHAT IS IT?

Artificial Intelligence Will Shape Our Future

Adding AI automation, we get super-high productivity from a fraction of employees for a fraction of the cost. The implications of this can be huge for the world economy. Will the rich get richer, leaving the ones without capital even more powerless? Or maybe it will level the playing field, and nobody will have to work for a living?

WHY IMPORTANT
We will witness the creation of industries that are unimaginable now. In the long term, AI will perform more of the tasks that humans do right now, but for AI to replace the majority of the current jobs, it will take 80 to 100 years, maybe even more. Eventually, most traditional jobs are at risk, but since we’ve been creating whole new industries and an increasing number of positions, we might not care at all. Total human replacement is unlikely in the foreseeable future.

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WHAT IS IT
Kratos’s New Tactical UAV Is Not Your Average Drone

High-performance-versus-cost-system drone for the military

WHY IMPORTANT

They have become experts at developing and producing high-performance subsonic, affordable, jet, crewless aircraft that includes a range of autonomy capability.”

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WHAT IS IT
Welcome To 2032: A Merged Physical/Digital World

By 2032, it will be logical to assume that the world will be amid a digital and physical transformation beyond our expectations. It is no exaggeration to say we are on the cusp of scientific and technological advancements that will change how we live and interact.

WHY IMPORTANT
We are in the initial stages of an era of rapid and technological change. We will witness the regeneration of body parts, new cures for diseases, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, human/computer interface, autonomous vehicles, advanced robotics, flying cars, quantum computing, and connected smart cities. Exciting times may be ahead.

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This software flaw could cause issues for years to come.

WHAT IS IT?

A piece of faulty software called Log4J has exposed major companies to over 1.2 million cyberattacks since last Friday, according to researchers. So far, the only company known to have been breached via Log4J is Microsoft, which had its servers for the video game Minecraft hijacked. Other companies are currently in investigation mode, so the full fallout is unknown. Log4J was maintained by a team of volunteers who in their free time code for the nonprofit Apache Software Foundation. It’s one of dozens of open-source, volunteer-run organizations that create the free software that underpins most major companies’ operations.

WHY IMPORTANT

The US government had already warned companies last month to stay extra vigilant against online attacks ahead of the holidays, a popular period for hackers to strike. It’s already one of the most wide-reaching security breaches ever, and it could take years to fully fix. The little-known but widely used Log4J software helps major companies, including Amazon, Apple, Tesla, IBM, and Twitter, log and track user activity across a range of applications. Now, cyberattackers are using it as a crowbar to break into computers. Once in, hackers can: extract sensitive data, Mine crypto, join the computer to a “botnet”—a system of interconnected computers used to mass-send spam and perform other nefarious actions.

WHAT NOW?

The volunteer team has already created a patch to fix the issue, but corporate software engineers have to adapt and deploy the update. Plus, hackers who walked into servers through the Log4J door likely broke some windows while in there, allowing them to circumvent the first patch.

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