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  • The First Million-Transistor Chip: the Engineers’ Story July 2, 2022
    In San Francisco on Feb. 27, 1989, Intel Corp., Santa Clara, Calif., startled the world of high technology by presenting the first ever 1-million-transistor microprocessor, which was also the company’s first such chip to use a reduced instruction set.The number of transistors alone marks a huge leap upward: Intel’s previous microprocessor, the 80386, has only […]
  • Video Friday: PoKeBo Cubes July 1, 2022
    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.RoboCup 2022: 11 July–17 July 2022, BANGKOKIEEE CASE 2022: 20 August–24 August 2022, MEXICO CITYCLAWAR 2022: […]
  • IEEE STEM Activity Kits Are In Demand at 150 U.S. Public Libraries June 30, 2022
    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 […]
  • We’re Training AI Twice as Fast This Year as Last June 30, 2022
    According to the best measures we’ve got, a set of benchmarks called MLPerf, machine-learning systems can be trained nearly twice as quickly as they could last year. It’s a figure that outstrips Moore’s Law, but also one we’ve come to expect. Most of the gain is thanks to software and systems innovations, but this year […]
  • Meta’s AI Takes an Unsupervised Step Forward June 29, 2022
    Meta’s chief AI scientist, Yann LeCun, doesn’t lose sight of his far-off goal, even when talking about concrete steps in the here and now. “We want to build intelligent machines that learn like animals and humans,” LeCun tells IEEE Spectrum in an interview. Today’s concrete step is a series of papers from Meta, the company […]

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  • Stories of the War in Ukraine: Volodymyr March 17, 2022
    Over the past week, The Institute has made contact with some of the 400 members of the IEEE Ukraine Section to help them share their experiences during the war. This personal account was written by Volodymyr Pyliavskyi, a senior researcher at the Odessa National Telecommunications Academy in Odessa, Ukraine. “For so long I was planning […]
  • Stories of the War in Ukraine: Hanna March 17, 2022
    Over the past week, The Institute has made contact with some of the 400 members of the IEEE Ukraine Section to help them share their experiences during the war. This personal account, entitled “Real War,” was written by Hanna Porieva, an associate professor of electrical engineering at the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky […]
  • A Russian Perspective on the War in Ukraine March 17, 2022
    The Institute reached out to Russian IEEE members to get their views regarding the war, as citizens, engineers, and IEEE members. Here we share the thoughts of Roman L. Gorbunov, a member of the Siberia section. As our regular readers might know, we sometimes publish opinion articles. These should not be interpreted as official positions […]