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DesignNews Brief: What’s sustaining the economy, zero touch IOT, the end of the world as we know it

DesignNews Brief: What’s sustaining the economy, zero touch IOT, the end of the world as we know it

Pressed for time? Listen to the DesignNews Brief for a quick update on tech.

Who isn’t short on time these days? That’s why we’ve selected several key Design News stories to listen to while working on other tasks. But if you hear something that really piques your interest, feel free to click the headline to read beyond the blurb.

Technology’s Atlas Doesn’t Shrug Against Titanic COVID-19

Did you know that technology, especially in the electronics and semiconductor spaces, is holding up the global economy? While bad news abounds in most markets – from consumer and industrials to energy and financials – hope is offered by the electronics and semi spaces as was highlighted during a recent SEMI Outlook virtual webinar during which Marco Chisari, from Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, said that, “In all of this negative news, it should be clear from the data (S&P 500 sectors and CY20E EPS) that the semiconductor industry is now sustaining the world economy.”

Remote and Secure Provisioning Essential in Age of COVID-19

Do you remember those halcyon days when pundits proclaimed the rollout of 50B IoT devices by 2020. Well, like flying cars, they aren’t quite here yet. One of the reasons why was due to security issues in bring that many devices – like sensors, cameras and gateways - onto the network so quickly. That’s why major device suppliers came up with methods like zero-touch provisioning or onboarding that allows devices to be provisioned and configured automatically, eliminating most of the manual labor required to place them on the network. Well, it turns out that this same technology is proving ideal for the addition of millions of more devices – this time PCs – as workers have had to comply with stay-at-home orders thanks to the COVID-19 pandemics. Who would have though?

Philosophy, Technology and Morality: A Volatile Combination?

These are challenging times in which pandemics, climate change, artificial intelligence going amuck and other potentially ‘existential’ threats to human survival and progress have made the future of humanity seem increasingly tenuous. Is it inevitable that the human species will self-destruct, as some argue? Or is there a way forward that not only leads to our survival but also to flourishing. Dr. Shannon Vallor at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley has challenged the pessimistic views of thought leaders like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking to offer a different path forward for humanity. The only catch is the scientists and engineers will have to lend their voices to the global discussion.

That’s all for now. Until next time, stay safe and informed.

Podcast for your time-intensive schedule. (Image Source: Time Bubble, Adobe Stock)

John Blyler is a Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an editor and engineer within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. John has co-authored books related to system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier.

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