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The Benefits of Building an Artificial Brain

Massive efforts to better understand the human brain will deliver on the original promise of computer science: machines that think like us

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Illustration: Chad Hagen

opening illustrationIllustration: Chad Hagen

In the mid-1940s, a fewbrilliantpeople drew up the basic blueprints of the computer age. They conceived a general-purpose machine based on a processing unit made up of specialized subunits and registers, which operated on stored instructions and data. Later inventions—transistors, integrated circuits, solid-state memory—would supercharge this concept into the greatest tool ever created by humankind.

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IEEE STEM Activity Kits Are In Demand at 150 U.S. Public Libraries

Kids can build robots, write code, and design video games

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Two boys and one girl standing in front of a computer monitor. On the left side of the monitor is a backpack containing a science activity kit.

These youngsters are checking out one of their local library’s IEEE-funded science activity kits.

John Zulaski

More than 150 public libraries throughout the central United States now lend out activity kits that let children explore just about any aspect of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The kids can check them out just like they would a book. The kits teach youngsters what engineers do, as well as how to code, build robots, design video games, and create animations.

The collections have been made possible by the IEEE Region 4 Science Kits for Public Libraries program with funding from Region 4 members and corporate sponsors. The SKPL program is the brainchild of IEEE Life Senior Member John A. Zulaski, the chair of the SKPL committee.

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Toe-tapping Test for Parkinson’s

Assesses risk of falling

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A person sits in a chair with their feet on sensing boards while looking at instructions on a computer monitor.
Rui Hua

When someone is faced with mobility challenges, the risk of falling and injuring oneself increases. This is the case for people living with Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder that results in uncontrollable movements, such as shaking, and impaired balance and coordination.

Ya Wang, an associate professor at Texas A&M University, and her colleagues has been exploring a novel way to assess the risk of someone with Parkinson’s disease in falling. Their proposed approach involves a smart insole that’s inserted into the user’s shoes and tracks their foot movements while they tap their toes, and is described in a recent study published 5 May 2022 in IEEE Sensors Letters.

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Harnessing the Power of Innovation Intelligence

Through case studies and data visualizations, this webinar will show you how to leverage IP and scientific data analytics to identify emerging business opportunities

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Clarivate
Clarivate

Business and R&D leaders have to make consequential strategic decisions every day in a global marketplace that continues to get more interconnected and complex. Luckily, the job can be more manageable and efficient by leveraging IP and scientific data analytics. Register for this free webinar now!

Join us for the webinar, Harnessing the power of innovation intelligence, to hear Clarivate experts discuss how analyzing IP data, together with scientific content and industry-specific data, can provide organization-wide situational awareness and reveal valuable business insights.

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