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Always Be Curious🔎 #24

Core technologies with multiple applications fascinate me. And laser imaging technology LiDAR (Light 

Always Be Curious🔎

June 7 · Issue #24 · 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.

Core technologies with multiple applications fascinate me. And laser imaging technology LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) tops my list. 👏 It’s not too complex: LiDAR illuminates a target with laser light and measures the reflection with a sensor. Differences in laser return times can then be algorithmically constructed as 3D visualizations. Those visualizations can make a huge difference in automotive, spaceflight, mining, gaming, robotics, agriculture, the list goes on an on. One of the most satisfying applications for me personally is in archeology, a field that can dig into our past with this state-of-the-art imaging technology. It is yielding big results. I’ve included a piece in this week’s ABC that looks at how archeologists discovered a massive 3,000-year old Maya structure, after LiDAR peeled back layers of earth and dense vegetation. Enjoy!
Have a good week, stay safe,

👨‍💻The round-up in sci-tech💡
Revolutionary microscopy technique sees individual atoms for first time (Nature)
“It’s really a milestone, that’s for sure. There’s really nothing to break anymore. This was the last resolution barrier.”
Growing anomalies at the Large Hadron Collider raise hopes (Quanta)
This startup is using AI to give workers a 'productivity score' (Technology Review)
“[One firm] is developing machine-learning software to measure how quickly employees complete different tasks and suggest ways to speed them up. The tool also gives each person a productivity score, which managers can use to identify those employees who are most worth retaining—and those who are not.”
Massive 3,000-year-old Maya ceremonial complex discovered in 'plain sight' (National Geographic)
France, Germany back European cloud computing moonshot (Reuters)
Netherlands coronavirus lockdown: Dutch followed the rules (Bloomberg)
“The Netherlands has both flattened the curve and kept life tolerable.”
Uber’s ex-CTO reflects on a rift with Travis Kalanick and how to fix autonomous cars (Bloomberg)
Robot to safely swab for coronavirus developed by scientists in Denmark (Reuters)
🤓This week in chips⚠️
New computer chips could power AI to next level (Wall Street Journal)
“An AI chip can solve problems that a normal computer chip could take years to solve,” says Dan Hutcheson of VLSI Research.
AMD's Lisa Su cites 'shifts in thinking' about US semiconductor manufacturing (ZDNet)
“If you think about what’s gotten us to where we are,” she said, “we have these universities that are the training ground for the next generation of technology leaders.”
ASML’s first multi-beam inspection tool for 5nm (Anandtech)
$12B TSMC US plant: what problem does it solve? (Monday Note)
This little simulation, imprecise as it certainly is, gives us a workable idea of the immensity, to say nothing of the seasonality, of the iPhone manufacturing process.
China's premier contract chip maker, SMIC, raises $2.8bn (Hexus)
📈By the numbers📉
Drone industry investments grow by 67% to record high at $1.2 billion (Finbold)
Zoom transforms hype into huge jump in sales, customers (Bloomberg)
❤️For the love of tech❤️
With a little feedback to get it started, this robot can learn to cook your (Bayesian optimized) omelet. More on IEEE Spectrum. 🍳
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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