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Always Be Curious🔎 #21

Is this week's newsletter actually a love letter to Sony? With five articles covering the company or

Always Be Curious🔎

May 17 · Issue #21 · View online
Always Be Curious is your weekly shot of sci-tech coverage. Bringing you the now, the how and the wow of science and technology with a special focus on the chip industry.

Is this week’s newsletter actually a love letter to Sony? With five articles covering the company or its products, I’m gonna say ‘maybe’. 😇 Like many Japanese electronics brands, Sony has been with me all my life. The first devices I ever bought were the Nintendo Gameboy and the Sony Walkman. 🇯🇵 Sony’s powerful motto is kando:making products and services that create a sense of wonder and excitement’. But truth be told, it’s been a rough ride through the smartphone era, where Sony’s consumer products couldn’t compete with the consolidated music-games-photo-film capabilities of the iPhone. On top of that, its successful Playstation turned out to be a relative niche market, ‘only’ selling 100 million consoles–as opposed to the 1.5 billion iPhones in the world right now. But Sony is still on its kando trail under CEO Yoshida. The company will launch Playstation 5 later this year and it looks like an amazing next-gen console. 🔥 So what will the future bring? I’m putting my bets on Virtual Reality as the key field where all of Sony’s expertise, in collaboration with Japanese industry, comes together in a killer product that grows far beyond the console niche. 🚀
Have a good week folks, stay safe and sound,

👨‍💻The round-up in sci-tech💡
Sony CEO Yoshida navigates coronavirus and activist attacks (Nikkei)
Epic Games presents its Sony Playstation 5 demo with the new Unreal Engine
Thunderbolt flaws expose millions of PCs to hands-on hacking (WIRED)
Spatial's VR meeting rooms are now open to everyone (WIRED)
The exceptional origin of EUV light in hot tin plasma (
Old math reveals new secrets about these alluring flowers (National Geographic)
Future of our global economy: the beginning of de-globalization (DER SPIEGEL)
🤓This week in chips⚠️
Washington in talks with chipmakers about building U.S. factories (Reuters)
TSMC is set to build a U.S. chip facility, a win for Trump (The New York Times)
TSMC board passes US$5.7 billion budget for advanced process capacity (Digitimes)
U.S. move to attract TSMC factory gives Samsung a lot to ponder (Business Korea)
U.S. moves to cut Huawei off from global chip suppliers as China eyes retaliation (Reuters)
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney says Sony's Playstation 5 is so impressive it’s ‘going to help drive future PCs’ (The Verge)
Sony builds AI into a CMOS image sensor (IEEE Spectrum)
📈By the numbers📉
COVID Internet phenomena (Sandvine)
Identifying and measuring developments in artificial intelligence: making the impossible possible (OECD)
❤️For the love of tech❤️
More PS5!🔥🚀 🇯🇵 ❤️
Always Be Curious is curated by Sander Hofman, Corporate Communications Manager at ASML. My company provides chipmakers with everything they need (machines, software and services) to mass produce integrated circuits on silicon. Opinions expressed in this newsletter are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.
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