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Thanksgiving ‘13

unlimited data.pngIt’s good every once in a while to think about being thankful for what we have and the possibilities of what we can do. In the United States, that is the foundation for our Thanksgiving holiday.


There is a technological feast before us that can make a significant difference in the enterprise over the next couple of years. Just take a few moments to savor the possibilities…


For those in the technology space (who like to learn new things) we can be thankful for the abundance of possibilities opening up, to apply technology in new and different ways for business. Those interested in security have a great deal of opportunity to be grateful for as well.


For dessert in December, I’ll be posting my trends and predictions for 2014.



Next generation manufacturing

animated_cloud_factory_22924.gifIndustry 4.0 is a project of the German government to promote the automation of traditional industries such as manufacturing. The goal is to implement intelligent factories (Smart Factory) that are adaptable, efficient and deliver a high quality product. They are also integrated up and down the supply chain. The approach is based on cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things.


I saw a blog post from earlier in the year titled: The Future of Manufacturing: Industry 4.0, that seemed to be a good example of a large scale approach to the issues of automation, an industry and the government issues associated with it. Many are concerned that when automation takes place that the only jobs left for the masses will involve fast-food. The other point of view is the advent of mass custom manufacturing.


The United States, an initiative known as the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition that is also working on the future of manufacturing.

Stanene – a new material for high performance computing?

graphene.jpgLike many, I am taking most of this week off as vacation. But I did come across one surprising article that I had to comment on. I’ve mentioned before the future and impact of graphene. Now, the two-dimensional trend is taking a look at Tin (Stanene).


This material could “increase the speed and lower the power needs of future generations of computer chips, if our prediction is confirmed by experiments that are underway in several laboratories around the world,” said team leader Shoucheng Zhang, a physics professor at Stanford and the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES), a joint institute with SLAC.


What is interesting is the possibility of 100% electrical efficiency at temperatures up to 100 degrees Celsius.


Starting to feel like I am reading about Flatland.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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