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Artificial intelligence is not good with sarcasm, humor, or other nuanced forms of human communication. Kevin Zawacki of The Atlantic writes, “Bots’ understanding of humor is so stunted and feeble, it’s often a punchline itself.” Perhaps we can’t program bots to be sarcastic because we can’t accurately define sarcasm. Zawacki quotes Noah Goodman, an assistant professor at Stanford University specializing in psychology, computer science, and linguistics, as saying, ““Before you can program a computer to do something cool, you have to understand what the cool thing is,” Goodman said. “We’re...
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If you and I need to communicate sensitive information to each other, we can encrypt it. Using one of the asymmetric public key methods,...

by Stephen Pateras, Mentor Graphics, and Tim Caffee, ASSET InterTech The newly approved IEEE 1687 standard—Internal JTAG, or simply IJTAG—is changing the way tools companies...

The Automotive Testing Expo got underway in Novi, MI, last October with presentations on various aspects of automotive technology ranging from tires to fuel...

by Rick Nelson, Executive Editor Vendors offering instruments targeted at the test of serial I/O links and DDR interfaces include Anritsu, Keysight Technologies, National Instruments,...

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The next generation of cellular communications technology, 5G, is emerging to handle ever-increasing demands for mobile data—which will be exacerbated by the proliferation of...

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High-speed-digital serial I/O links and DDR memory interfaces are presenting significant measurement challenges as fourth-generation standards emerge. As signals travel at ever higher speeds...

MAGAZINE - JANUARY EDITION

Wearable monitoring devices, cognitive mobile apps, and cloud-based computing are combining to provide consumers with vast quantities of information—and the capability to help them...

A generally upbeat tone highlighted ITC 2014 in Seattle. The technical sessions were well-attended, and this year’s firing-line questions from industry experts added a...

Presto Engineering CEO Michel Villemain founded the company in 2006 and established its first facility in San Jose in 2007 under an agreement with...

Instrument introductions, trade-show highlights, and an agreement on turnkey solutions illustrate new EMC test capabilities. ETS-Lindgren and Instruments for Industry (IFI) recently introduced an...

If you and I were to meet with no possibility of being overheard, we could agree upon the secret encryption key we would use...

“It should be simple to connect to your bench instruments and collect data, but often it’s not,” according to Dan Pleasant, manager, technology and...

Modern digital receiver/exciters (DREX) used in radar and communications systems are capable of significant self-testing in a production factory environment. Long past are the...

Continuing technical challenges mean that would-be early adopters of thought-controlled scopes will have to wait a little longer before taking delivery. One of the...

The wearables market is poised for significant growth. As one data point, IHS Technology forecasts that shipments of sensors for wearable electronic devices will...

High-speed-digital serial I/O links and DDR memory interfaces are presenting significant measurement challenges as fourth-generation standards emerge. As signals travel at ever higher speeds...

Modular OTDR The AQ7280 portable optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR) delivers the combination of measurement automation, user-friendly operation, and reliable performance that enables fast, precise optical-fiber...