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Always Be Curious🔎 #27

It's ironic. Sometimes we only learn about a life when it is publicized in death. I learned about Mic

Always Be Curious🔎

June 28 · Issue #27 · 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.

It’s ironic. Sometimes we only learn about a life when it is publicized in death. I learned about Michael Hawley this week. And before I read this New York Times article (and please register to support excellent journalism), I had never heard of him. But Hawley was a true Renaissance man. He lived a prolific and creative life: an intern at Bell Labs, a professor at MIT, a videogame programmer at LucasFilm, a computer pioneer at NeXt, a flat mate to Steve Jobs, a speechwriter (writing the famous ‘stay hungry, stay foolish’ speech for Jobs), a published visionary on Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things, a scientific director to an Everest expedition, an academic author, an accomplished pianist, a husband and a father. He was 58 years old. Gone too soon. MIT’s obit reads: “He achieved beauty in life by rigorously seeking it, living it, absorbing it, improving it, transforming it.” 🔥 Amen. Here’s to beauty in life. ✨
Have a good week, stay safe and sound,

👨‍💻The round-up in sci-tech💡
Wrongfully accused by an algorithm (The New York Times)
The new tech Cold War (BBC Sounds)
How NASA's Mars helicopter will reach the Red Planet's surface (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Michael Hawley, programmer, professor and pianist, dies at 58 (The New York Times)
How the Virus Won (The New York Times)
Is teleportation possible? Yes, in the quantum world (University of Rochester blog)
The cartoon picture of magnets that has transformed science (Quanta)
Mercedes and Nvidia announce the advent of the software-defined car (IEEE Spectrum)
Vast neolithic circle of deep shafts found near Stonehenge (The Guardian)
🤓This week in chips⚠️
Apple is switching Macs to its own processors starting later this year (The Verge)
The impact an ARM-based Mac on Intel (Monday Note)
Japanese supercomputer is crowned world’s speediest (The New York Times)
China speeds up advanced chip development (IEEE Spectrum)
Can China’s fledgling semiconductor industry rescue Huawei from tighter US tech sanctions? (South China Morning Post)
Intel to use nanowire/nanoribbon transistors in volume ‘in five years’ (Anandtech)
📈By the numbers📉
The Ericsson Mobility Report (Ericsson)
Digital News Report (Reuters Institute)
❤️For the love of tech❤️
Came across this on Twitter and it cracked me up! 🤣 In an article about misinformation, the editorial staff called out Dutch scientists in, well, a rather peculiar manner. They edited it when they realized people were taking it the wrong way. 🇳🇱😡
Source: @bourdonne (Twitter)
Source: @bourdonne (Twitter)
And still life photographer Kevin Twomey, who is from the San Francisco Bay Area, has dedicated part of his portfolio website to a series on mechanical computers. Quite beautiful.
Source: © Kevin Twomey Photography,
Source: © Kevin Twomey Photography,
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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