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There’s No Stopping the Rise of E-⁠Money

The economic and psychological underpinnings of hard money are weakening while the flexibility of e-⁠money increases

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Illustration: Harry Campbell
Illustration: Harry Campbell

Science-fiction writers once imagined a galactic currency that would grease the wheels of commerce from here to Alpha Centauri. In fact, however, we are tending in precisely the other direction, toward a burgeoning number of ever more specialized currencies. These will circulate electronically, by means of the mobile phones that are increasingly part of the dress of every person on the planet.

Seemingly everywhere you look, you can see the emergence of this pattern in what futurologists call the weak signals [PDF] of change. These are the changes that will be seen, a generation from now, to have foreshadowed a technological revolution.

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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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