See, I can do a meaningless tautology too! Does “Being Digital” really mean anything? If so, what does the recent incorporation of this word, thereby enhancing the Department for Culture, Media and Sport into “being” the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, entail for us all?
Readers shall hopefully recall the Last Note Panel page that appeared in Electronics World a few years ago? As was the custom and practice back then, Svetlana, our editor, continues to forward to me items of interest for comment. Regarding our latest exchange, she has asked me to publish something in the Blog. So be it. Always happy to oblige.
The second Electronics World article I would call to readers attention is from June, entitled: “3D Electronic Brain Atlas Model for the Detection of Neurological Disorders” from researchers at Selcuk University in Turkey. In their article they state:“for example, 3D MRI image analysis with the Freesurfer program can take 30 hours. Whereas the FSL program does volume analysis of only 15 subcortical regions it takes longer for analysis”.
So, who thinks they know what is on offer from Quantum Computers augmenting 5G systems? Who knows what a Quantum Fourier Transform actually is? (And I don't mean just looking it up on Wikipedia?). Well, the honest answer is: probably no-one. Yet. But some more than others provided they know the strengths and weaknesses of the DFT/FFT and the current workarounds employed.
As the technical tectonic plates in the US and the EU begin to collide how can we ensure we stay ahead of The Game and do not get squashed by the collision? A difficult question? Not if we focus on the key players, the arguments unfolding and retain hope. First let us offer congrats to Ajit Pai (nominated) as the Chairman of the FCC, Wilbur Ross (confirmed) at the DoC and his nominee for the vacant NTIA leadership seat. Unfortunately the tragedy unfolding in the UK came into sharp focus within the February issue of Electronics World, which brought to our attention a classic exposition of the woeful self-indulgent neo-Luddite leadership we have to endure in the UK: it relates to Prof William Webb of course.
Alas it is time for the changing of the guard in the US. Thus another partial disconnect is upon us. Accordingly it is with a tinge of sadness that we say a fond farewell to Tom Wheeler at the FCC, and to Lawrence Strickland at the NTIA, along with the rest of the cadre appointed by former President Barack Obama. I wish them all well in their future endeavours. In my view they have served their country and our science and technology global community with distinction. As a parting gift they shared with us certain nascent policy benchmarks to enable us to assess their new administration against; as we pivot towards Klaus Schwab's Forth Industrial Revolution.