The good news for software engineering students is that the job prospects have never been better. Today, every company is a software company, no matter the industry or what it sells, so demand for your skills remain high.But in addition to keeping up-to-date with an always changing technology industry, there’s a new type of intelligence that today’s students need to succeed—the artificial type.Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, chatbots. These are not only some of the hot new areas of software development, but they’re also the future of the industry. Now that we can train software to perform tasks that previously required human intelligence—like recognizing patterns, speech and images—companies can predict outcomes, provide better customer service, or gain greater insights. The value of AI can’t be overstated and it’s being used everywhere, from providing personalized customer advice to banking customers and predicting … [Read more...] about Today’s software engineering students require a new level of intelligence
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“Low-code” technology is certainly receiving its fair share of press recently. So much so that even leading analyst firms are weighing in with their opinions on the trend; in fact, Forrester predicts more than a 68 percent revenue growth in low-code, making the overall market size $15.5 billion by 2020.So why are low-code solutions getting so much attention lately? And is it warranted?These days it’s difficult to cut through the constant buzz to determine which technological trends are worth paying attention to. Often when you take a step back to understand why a trend or movement is occurring, its value (and the level of corresponding attention it has been receiving) becomes much clearer. When it comes to low-code, the answer is twofold:1. Today’s organizational agility imperativeThe ability to be agile and respond quickly and efficiently to internal and external changes is often the most crucial component of success for modern businesses. When trying to attain … [Read more...] about Low-code: today’s latest buzzword or technology worth the buzz?
One of the most influential people in the gaming industry, John Carmack, the person behind Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake, predicted that mobile devices will be comparable in power to what today's consoles offer. "It’s unquestionable that within a very short time, we’re going to have portable cell phones that are more powerful than the current-gen consoles," Carmack said in an interview for IndustryGamers. "People have exaggerated the relative powers - the iPad2 is not more powerful than the 360. It’s still a factor of a couple weaker. But the fact that it’s gotten that close that fast - that means that almost certainly, 2 years from now, there will be mobile devices more powerful than what we’re doing all these fabulous games on right now."The iPad has grown to have over 100,000 apps in slightly less than a year and a half, a stunning growth for a device that opened a new form factor. But it's not just the user who benefits from this growth – … [Read more...] about Id’s John Carmack predicts mobile devices as powerful as today’s consoles in two years
By Andrew Frame and Bee Hayes-ThakoreWhile today’s smartphones already offer a rich feature set, this is just the beginning of what they could do. Now, we are seeing more innovation to make the smartphone become an even more useful tool — connecting to various, “almost always-on” gadgets exchanging health, activity, well-being and medical data, and then applying it meaningfully. Yes, these are wearable devices.There has been increasing momentum since the start of 2013 around the transformation that wearable computing is bringing to smartphones, and for good reason: According to IHS Research, sports and fitness monitors, running and cycling computers, and other physical activity trackers will reach about 90 million unit shipments globally in 2016, up from approximately 40 million units in 2013. IHS predicts that at least 250 million units will ship over the next five years. In a related survey conducted by IHS last year, 62.3% of smartphone owners who exercise … [Read more...] about The Wearables Wave Expands Today’s Mobile Experience
By Pete Singer BTS, BTI, soft errors, dielectric breakdown and other reliability challenges will be addressed at the upcoming International Reliability Physics Symposium.A double challenge faces today’s reliability engineers. They not only must understand the physics behind a complex set of mechanisms, such as bias temperature instability (BTI), but they must accurately simulate those mechanisms through modeling to predict device performance over time and estimated end-of-life.These challenges will be front and center at the upcoming International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS), to be held April 14-18, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa in Monterey, CA. The conference begins with tutorials on Sunday that run through Monday afternoon (40% of attendees are first time attendees). A plenary session on Monday afternoon after the tutorials is a “Year in Review” where experts highlight work published over the last year. Tuesday morning starts with a … [Read more...] about Today’s Top Reliability Challenges
A nagging problem with electric vehicles is range anxiety: the creeping suspicion that you might not make it to the garage before your batteries die. Now a study published in Nature Energy concludes that most people rarely go farther than a single charge allows and that a significant minority practically never do. That opens up a big segment of the car market—and that’s just with today’s batteries. Tomorrow’s will be far more capacious. Jessika E. Trancik and colleagues at the Santa Fe institute and MIT modeled driving behavior in a new way, by collating databases. From the National Household Travel Survey they obtained information on a large number of trips by all sorts of cars, not just EVs. To characterize the second-by-second velocity of each kind of trip, they referred to a set of GPS-based measurements. Finally, to account for energy consumed in heating and … [Read more...] about Today’s Electric Car Batteries Can Get You There and Back Again (Usually)
There was an article in yesterday's London Telegraph that listed 50 current "technologies" (the definition used is a bit of a stretch as you will see) that in the next twenty years or so will look absolutely archaic if not out right silly. The Telegraph article says, "There can be little doubt: yesterday’s cutting edge technology looks silly to today’s children and much of today’s technology will look silly to tomorrow’s children. Here’s a list of 50 technological advances, past and present, that will have young people asking: "You used to have to do what?" The list includes everything from TV schedules (TV on demand will do them in) to paper business cards (the prediction is we will all have wireless business cards in the future) to fillings in teeth (we'll simply have our teeth removed and replaced by ones grown from stem cells). Many of the items on the Telegraph's list are IT/software intensive in nature. I wonder if software systems will be … [Read more...] about What Is the Silly Half-Life of Today’s Technology?
In July 1969, IEEE Spectrum published an article called The Electronic Highway, by Robert E. Fenton and Karl W. Olson, two engineers at Ohio State University who were working on ways to make vehicles operate autonomously when traveling on major highways. Nearly 50 years have passed, which is practically forever in a technological context, but what's striking about this article is how many contextual similarities there are between the past and the present. (For more about the history of intelligent transport, make sure to read our feature on Charles Adler, who was working on intelligent traffic control systems in the 1920s.) The specific solutions that Fenton and Olson propose are a bit outdated, of course, but the problems that they discuss and the future that they look forward to have a lot in common with those peppering current discussions on vehicle autonomy. IEEE members can read the entire article here. We'll take a look at some excerpts from it, and talk about what's … [Read more...] about The Electronic Highway: How 1960s Visionaries Presaged Today’s Autonomous Vehicles
Data Analysis Computational Solutions for Today’s Navy<!-- New field methods meet demands for real-time “through-the-sensor” data acquisitionFrank W. Bentrem, Ph.D.; John T. Sample, Ph.D.; and Michael M. HarrisThe Naval Research Laboratory is the corporate laboratory for the United States Navy. This article relates current computational trends in naval technologies as well as the trends we anticipate over the next few years. We also present solutions for some of the current and coming challenges we face...New field methods meet demands for real-time “through-the-sensor” data acquisition-->New field methods meet demands for real-time “through-the-sensor” data acquisitionThe Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is the corporate laboratory for the United States Navy. Part of the mission of NRL is to provide “broadly based applied click to enlarge Old way of doing business: Computing power is located at shore-based production … [Read more...] about Computational Solutions for Today’s Navy
At this time of the year, there's a great clamoring among the business publishing class for predictions. That is partly because prediction stories are considered easy to write, and once they're done the staff can go celebrate the holidays while their publication continues to deliver content.However, having written a lot of prediction stories in the past, and having looked at some of those predictions years later, I can tell you that they are not easy to write, and they are an effective way to make yourself look like a buffoon should anyone wish to look up your past prognostications. Even in the CRM space, a relatively contained sector of seemingly methodical evolution and advancement, predictions are a difficult and tricky thing.They bring to mind the television show Connections, which was hosted by James Burke. If that was before your time or it escaped your attention, the show's premise was to reveal how a sequence of seemingly unrelated events shaped the state of technology (and … [Read more...] about OPINION CRM Predictions: Spotting the Critical Connections