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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)

 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?

ETH researchers have developed a machine learning method that automatically detects whether a machine sounds "healthy" or not.

WHY IMPORTANT

The industry will be able to use a tool that automatically monitors the equipment and warns them in time—without requiring any special prior knowledge—when conspicuous, abnormal, or "unhealthy" sounds occur in the equipment.

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WHAT IS IT?

Durable skills used to be called "life skills" or "soft skills," which downplays how important they are in the workplace.

WHY IMPORTANT
Durable skills are essential because workers entering the workforce today will probably change careers seven or eight times in their lifetime. We also know that technical skills age out because of constant economic and technological changes. But durable skills like critical thinking, working collaboratively, and communicating effectively with others do not change. They are evergreen. After reviewing 500,000 job postings from 11,000 Idaho companies, Emsi found that these are the top 10 durable skills employers want in order of preference: Communication, leadership; metacognition (self-awareness); critical thinking; collaboration; character; growth mindset; mindfulness; creativity; and fortitude.

The top five durable skills are wanted by employers four times more than the top five technical skills.

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WHAT IS IT?

The ambitious company wants TO become one of the world's leading merchants of surveillance technology, even as some lawmakers worry the company poses a dangerous threat to civil liberties and privacy rights.

WHY IMPORTANT

One hundred billion images in its' index of faces are the goal. Lawmakers worry the company poses a dangerous threat to Americans' privacy rights. Those images — equivalent to 14 photos for each of the 7 billion people on Earth — would help power a surveillance system used for arrests and criminal investigations by thousands of law enforcement and government agencies around the world.

The company wants to expand beyond scanning faces for the police, saying it could monitor "gig economy" workers. They are researching several new technologies that could identify someone based on how they walk, detect their location from a photo, or scan their fingerprints from afar.

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WHAT IS IT?
In a groundbreaking infection control innovation, a team of Korean scientists has created a novel material that, when applied to any surface, provides antibacterial/antiviral properties.

WHY IMPORTANT
Adding just a tiny amount of the additive to a range of resins increased the antibacterial properties to 99.99%. Antiviral properties were increased ten-fold in just two hours without modifying the existing products' optical, thermal, or mechanical properties. Additionally, the antibacterial/antiviral additive,  made from non-toxic substances, does not contain organic antibacterial agents and nano compounds.

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WHAT IS IT?

The Ark Big Ideas 2022 report has suggested some possible convergences and their specific applications. For instance, a mixture of robotics, battery technologies, Web 3.0, Blockchain, the Metaverse, and artificial intelligence can be leveraged to decrease the cost of transportation activities. Similarly, next-generation DNA sequencing, artificial intelligence, and gene therapies can together lead to better healthcare. At the same time, the convergence of application programming interfaces, social platforms, and blockchain technology could help cut out the middleman and allow for direct business collaboration between firms and markets.

WHY IMPORTANT

The report, along with having a bullish prediction of the total enterprise value of “disruptive innovation technologies” rising from $14 trillion in 2020 to $210 trillion in 2030, also identified several technologies we may see in the future.

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WHAT IS IT?

The Machine Learning Recommendation Algorithm Market study describes how the technology industry is evolving and how major and emerging players in the industry are responding to long term opportunities and short-term challenges they face.

WHY IMPORTANT

Analysis says that Machine Learning Recommendation Algorithm Companies that have continues to invest in new products and services including via acquisitions have seen sustainable growth, whereas one with slower R&D investment growth have become stagnant. Technology companies with annual R&D growth over 20% have outperformed their peer group in revenue growth.

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WHAT IS IT?

SageMaker Canvas, a visual point and click user interface for creating machine learning models.  SageMaker Canvas provides options for accessing datasets and performing explorations, such as data joins and SQL queries prior to data import for more control over the data being ingested. It can train multiple models automatically, returning a visual performance model for prediction analysis.

WHY IMPORTANT

SageMaker Canvas is meant more for business analysts to drive development while keeping costs low. Its only key competitor is Azure Machine Learning. It has similar no-code features to SageMaker, offering on moveable tiles in the interface to establish a machine learning process. 

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WHAT IS IT?
Solar PV systems that can be moved from one place to another to generate power generating more power than conventional setups while freeing up a good deal of space for other purposes.

WHY IMPORTANT
They generate 20-30% more power while requiring only 50-60% space compared to conventional mounting setups.

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