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From: Paul H. Christiansen3/11/2019 12:33:54 PM
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Drop Huawei or See Intelligence Sharing Pared Back, U.S. Tells Germany

The Trump administration has told the German government it would limit the intelligence it shares with German security agencies if Berlin allows Huawei Technologies Co. to build Germany’s next-generation mobile-internet infrastructure.

In a letter dated Friday and seen by The Wall Street Journal, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard A. Grenell wrote to Germany’s economics minister that the U.S. wouldn’t be able to keep intelligence and other information sharing at their current level if Germany allowed Huawei or other Chinese vendors to participate in building the country’s 5G network.

This marks the first time the U.S. has explicitly warned its allies that refusing to ostracize Huawei could have consequences on these countries’ security cooperation with Washington. European security agencies have relied heavily on U.S. intelligence in the fight against terrorism for instance.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen3/16/2019 9:45:25 AM
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The Fourth Industrial Revolution’s scarcest commodity? Time

There’s no longer much debate on whether the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)—the technological megatrends of connectivity, intelligence, and flexible automation that have upended traditional manufacturing—is here. It is. And that message is getting through: executives from around the globe have told me how their businesses are responding.

But probably not quickly enough. That’s the message from the latest research conducted by The World Economic Forum (WEF), in collaboration with McKinsey & Company, and presented in more detail at the January 2019 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.

The new study scanned more than 1,000 leading manufacturers worldwide that are implementing 4IR technologies. Through our work, described in “ Fourth Industrial Revolution: Beacons of Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing,” we identified sixteen “lighthouse” sites that have delivered genuine step-changes in manufacturing performance.

They’re in emerging and developed economies, and range from global blue-chip companies to SMEs with fewer than 100 employees. But what they have in common is that they serve as real-world evidence to dispel the myths and misunderstanding that so often block adoption of innovative technology at scale. They have demonstrated how forward-thinking engagement of technology can create a better, cleaner world through new levels of efficiency in manufacturing.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen3/19/2019 9:20:01 AM
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The US is working on one of the most expensive computers ever built

Officials from the Department of Energy claim the $500 million machine will be roughly seven times faster than the current most powerful system.

A first: The "Aurora" supercomputer would be the first US computer to reach "exascale" performance, where a computer can do more than a quintillion calculations per second. The closest rival is a $200 million IBM system called Summit which won the top spot in the world’s 500 most powerful computers last year.

The details: It will be built by Intel at the Argonne National Laboratory, on the outskirts of Chicago. It’s scheduled to arrive in 2021.

Why? Making machines quicker at crunching data would help researchers with tasks like modelling climate change or finding new pharmaceutical drugs. The announcement must be seen through the lens of China/US technological rivalry, particularly within the field of supercomputers.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen3/19/2019 10:15:54 AM
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“Flying Over Traffic” – Short-hop Services Multiply

Tired of bad traffic and have money to spare? A growing cadre of venture capital–backed startups are launching services to ferry people on short-distance trips by small planes and helicopters.

Companies including Blade, Skyryse and BlackBird believe there is a growing market for short hops by air in places like the Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York, so long as prices can be ratcheted down from the sky-high costs of traditional charter flights. Blade, backed by Airbus and valued at about $150 million, already runs helicopter flights in New York and Los Angeles, and plans to start flying in the Bay Area, it told a small group of customers this month.

The services are modeled after ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, with easy-to-use apps to book trips. The companies avoid owning aircraft outright, instead positioning themselves as service providers and ticket sellers to control costs. Uber itself is exploring ways to enter the market with self-flying, electric aircraft, though the technology is believed to be years off.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen3/25/2019 10:16:53 AM
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An Impossible Scenario: Scientists Watch as Heat Moves at the Speed of Sound

A rare phenomenon seen in just a handful of materials at forbidding temperatures has been detected within “warm” graphite—a finding that could aid future microelectronic

Ryan Duncan froze. He had just performed a new experiment examining common graphite—the stuff of pencil lead—but the results seemed physically impossible: Heat, which typically disperses slowly, had traveled through the graphite at the speed of sound. That is like placing a pot of water on a hot stove and instead of counting down the long minutes until that water starts to simmer, watching it boil almost instantaneously.

It is no wonder that Duncan, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, could not quite believe his eyes. To ensure that he had not made a mistake, he quadruple-checked everything within his set-up, ran the experiment again, and took a mental-health break. “I tried to get some sleep, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to tell if the experiment was successful or not for several more hours, but I was finding it pretty difficult to shut down for the night,” he recalls. When Duncan’s alarm went off the next morning, he ran to his computer (still in his pajamas) and crunched the new measurements only to confront the same result: Heat had still moved impossibly fast.

Duncan and his colleagues published their results last week in the journal Science. The phenomenon, known as “second sound,” has physicists in a state of euphoria—in part because it could pave the way for advanced microelectronics, but mostly because it is so deeply weird.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen3/30/2019 7:58:05 AM
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On Lyft and the Future of Ridesharing

On Friday, Lyft became the first ridesharing company to go public. By beating Uber to go public, Lyft will, to some extent, control the narrative around the US ridesharing market. That narrative will be centered around big ideas like ending burdensome car ownership, rebuilding cities around people, and offering cheap, ubiquitous, multimodal transportation as a service.

As we consider the dynamics of the ridesharing industry, we are directed by two questions: 1. Should this exist? 2. Is this a good business?

There is little doubt that ridesharing should exist. Ridesharing has transformed our lives, making it easier and cheaper to get where we need to go, and it’s pioneering an undeniable trend toward transportation as a service.

Is it a good business? Not right now, but it could be a great business.

Lyft’s S-1 shows that, today, ridesharing is characterized by intense competition, potentially questionable brand loyalty, and massive growth spending. The large valuations assigned to both Lyft and Uber are based on the hope that the future of ridesharing will look different than it does today.

What follows is a framework for how we look at the landscape of the US ridesharing market as Lyft and Uber compete for market share, expand into other modalities, take on other jobs, and embrace autonomy.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen4/3/2019 12:15:40 PM
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Andreessen Horowitz Is Blowing Up the Venture Capital Model (Again)

Emerging from the financial crisis in 2009, Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz laid out their campaign to take on Silicon Valley. The pitch deck for their first venture capital fund that year promised to find a new generation of “ megalomaniacal” founders—ambitious, assertive, singularly focused—who would, in the mold of CEO Steve Jobs, use technology to “ put a dent in the universe.” In getting behind the likes of Facebook and Twitter, with a war chest that swelled into the billions, they proceeded to do exactly that.

Perched on a couch in his office at Andreessen Horowitz’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, Andreessen, whose Netscape browser and subsequent company IPO were touchstone moments of the digital age, understands that the original word choice doesn’t land so well in 2019. His new take: “The 21st century is the century of disagreeableness,” he says, sitting down with Forbes for his first extended interview in two years. In an era of hyper-connectivity, social media and information overload, he says, those “disagreeables” will challenge the status quo and create billion-dollar companies. Ego is out, anger—or dissidence, at least—is in.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen4/4/2019 11:18:20 AM
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Intel is preparing for a data-centric tsunami

Navin Shenoy, executive vice president at Intel, introduced more than 50 new products yesterday at Intel’s “data-centric” event in San Francisco. They range from the second-generation Xeon Scalable flagship processor to the Optane memory chips that will dramatically improve the capacity and density of data storage.

Shenoy said those products are necessary to feed the beast of demand for cloud-based services, from Netflix movies on demand to sensor analysis for self-driving cars.

The trends fueling the data-centric world include a proliferation of cloud computing, the growth of AI and analytics, and cloudification of the network and the edge. In the past five years, Intel saw a 50% increase in compute demand, and it predicts the same again in the next five years.

The demand for diverse workloads is increasing, so Intel has been investing to move data faster with ethernet and silicon photonics, store more data with Optane products, and process everything with CPUs, FPGAs, and custom chips. And for once, Intel isn’t trickling out its products — it’s launching them all at once. I talked with Shenoy at the event.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen4/5/2019 9:58:57 AM
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Sorry, graphene—borophene is the new wonder material that’s got everyone excited

Not so long ago, graphene was the great new wonder material. A super-strong, atom-thick sheet of carbon “chicken wire,” it can form tubes, balls, and other curious shapes. And because it conducts electricity, materials scientists raised the prospect of a new era of graphene-based computer processing and a lucrative graphene chip industry to boot. The European Union invested €1 billion to kick-start a graphene industry.

This brave new graphene-based world has yet to materialize. But it has triggered an interest in other two-dimensional materials. And the most exciting of all is borophene: a single layer of boron atoms that form various crystalline structures.

The reason for the excitement is the extraordinary range of applications that borophene looks good for. Electrochemists think borophene could become the anode material in a new generation of more powerful lithium-ion batteries. Chemists are entranced by its catalytic capabilities. And physicists are testing its abilities as a sensor to detect numerous kinds of atoms and molecules.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen4/5/2019 10:09:07 AM
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Battery Reality: There’s Nothing Better Than Lithium-Ion Coming Soon

Clean-energy visionaries have long argued that the world needs a better battery capable of selling skeptical consumers on electric cars and running the grid on renewable power. And yet the battery of the future—at least for the coming decade—will almost certainly be the battery of the past.

The humble lithium-ion battery has built up such a commanding lead in the market that competing technologies may struggle to catch up. That lead will only widen as a wave of planned new lithium-ion factories comes online in the next five years.

The batteries pouring from new factories in China, the U.S., Thailand and elsewhere will further drive down prices, which have already plunged 85 percent since 2010. And the billions spent on factories will create a powerful incentive for the industry to keep tweaking lithium-ion technology, improving it bit by bit, rather than adopting something else.

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