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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?

Four surprising, sophisticated ways your boss is keeping tabs on you. Shocking things that monitor your productivity

WHY IMPORTANT

If you’re wondering if you’re being watched, you probably are.

Certainly if you work for a company that’s at least 500 people, you should assume that [surveillance] is happening,” said Nelson, noting that some of these technologies were initially used by the Chinese government for population control.

Adding insult to injury, many of the monitoring programs — which can serve as an excuse to fire someone — are flawed by nature because they fail to capture the context of people’s actions.

“There’s been an enormous amount of research that shows [current] algorithms can be deeply biased,” said Nelson, who is working on a book about workplace surveillance. “Just because something is administered by a machine, we somehow imagine that’s more clinical. It just has all the same biases as anybody who programmed it.”

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WHAT IS IT?

13 common types of cyber attacks and how to prevent them

WHY IMPORTANT

cybercrime costs organizations $1.79 million every minute. These costs are both tangible and intangible, including not only direct loss of assets, revenue, and productivity, but also loss of business confidence, trust and reputational damage.

Ransomware is such a serious problem that there is an official U.S. government website called StopRansomware that provides resources to help organizations prevent ransomware attacks, as well as a checklist on how to respond to an attack.

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WHAT IS IT?

Global Hyperautomation Market Size & Share to Surpass USD 26.5 Billion by 2028

WHY IMPORTANT

By investing in hyperautomation, a company may benefit by accelerating complex work since the advanced technology provides support by automating complex tasks and engaging everyone associated with business transformation.

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WHAT IS IT?

Workforce Cyber Intelligence solution built around employee privacy using data minimalization and pseudonymization. It provides IT, security, and HR teams with data measuring which applications are used and how frequently. It measures the intensity to prevent burnout and promote work-life balance, and understands engagement level to foster optimal times for organizational communications and meetings without compromising privacy.

WHY IMPORTANT

Workforce Cyber Intelligence is NOT employee monitoring. Outdated, invasive platforms scrutinize productivity using keystroke logging, screen capture, and other surveillance techniques to observe precisely what each employee is doing all day. The surveillance solutions breed mistrust – the antithesis of what is required to improve operational efficiency and foster a positive employee culture.

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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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