Master of Convergence

Digital visionary Tadahiro Sekimoto championed the integration of computers and communications

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The 2004 IEEE Medal of Honor winner, former NEC Corp. chairman , has had a career that for sheer drama and accomplishment has few counterparts in industrial history. As a researcher and research manager in the 1950s and 1960s, he pioneered the use of time-division multiple access and other digital technologies that revolutionized satellite communications, as well as digital compression techniques that evolved into today's digital video.

After rocketing through the NEC management ranks in the 1970s, he became president in 1980 and chairman in 1994, overseeing the company in an era when revenues swelled from US $4.7 billion to $40.3 billion by 1998. Along the way, the Queen of the United Kingdom made him an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and France inducted him into L'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur.

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Video Friday: Turkey Sandwich

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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A teleoperated humanoid robot torso stands in a kitchen assembling a turkey sandwich from ingredients on a tray

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.

CoRL 2022: 14–18 December 2022, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

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New AI Speeds Computer Graphics by Up to 5x

Neural rendering harnesses machine learning to paint pixels

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Four examples of Nvidia's Instant NeRF 2D-to-3D machine learning model placed side-by-side.

Nvidia Instant NeRF uses neural rendering to generate 3D visuals from 2D images.

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On 20 September, Nvidia’s Vice President of Applied Deep Learning, Bryan Cantanzaro, went to Twitter with a bold claim: In certain GPU-heavy games, like the classic first-person platformer Portal, seven out of eight pixels on the screen are generated by a new machine-learning algorithm. That’s enough, he said, to accelerate rendering by up to 5x.

This impressive feat is currently limited to a few dozen 3D games, but it’s a hint at the gains neural rendering will soon deliver. The technique will unlock new potential in everyday consumer electronics.

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Get the Coursera Campus Skills Report 2022

Download the report to learn which job skills students need to build high-growth careers

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