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The Chip Shortage Revisited

In January, we published a post about the ongoing computer chip shortage. We described some of the causes for the supply chain slow-down as well as the--very slow--process of making semiconductors and computer chips. We also discussed some of the responses to the chip shortage, namely the CHIPS for America Act, a Congressional bill that funneled money to domestic chip fabrication, and the opening of a large Intel fabrication facility near Columbus.

Google’s AI Part II: What’s at Stake?

On June 17th we published a post about controversy surrounding recent developments relating to one of Google's AI projects, LaMDA. To summarize, an engineer who had been working on the AI became convinced that LaMDA had achieved a kind of person-hood. After Google placed him on administrative leave, he made his point of view public.

Smart Cities

On June 17th, 2022, WCPO reported on the ongoing installation of interactive kiosks throughout Cincinnati. The kiosks are the result of a partnership between the city government, a technology company called IKE Smart City and 3CDC, a local real-estate developer.

Is Google’s AI Sentient?

On June 11th, The Washington Post published a story about an AI engineer at Google named Blake Lemoine. Lemoine worked on a language AI system at Google called LaMDA. Convinced that the AI had become self-aware, Blake reported his suspicions to his supervisors.

Power Outages and Smart Grids

Did you notice the power's out? As of the publication of this post, roughly 31 thousand people in Butler and Hamilton counties are without power, according to WCPO. That's a small fraction of the total 166 thousand people who have gone without power over the past 24 hours.

What is Quantum Computing?

On Wednesday, Liv McMahon of the BBC reported on the acquisition of a quantum computer by the British Ministry of Defense. The computer is the first of its kind to be owned by the UK government. Produced by Orca Computing, the computer will be applied to solving problems relating to national defense and security.

Green and Clean in Cincinnati

On Friday of last week, WLWT reported on an project through the University of Cincinnati's 1819 Innovation Hub, called Clean Earth Rovers. Clean Earth Rovers is a tech start-up that's developing a line of autonomous marine vehicles, designed to clean up coastal waterways and rivers.

Greater Cincinnati Biotech

Biotechnology, or biotech for short, is the use of natural, biological processes to create tools for industry, medicine and engineering. Examples of biotech include things as old as animal husbandry and agriculture as well as more recent developments, such as lab-grown meat, genetically modified crops, stem cell research and bio-fuels.

Deepfakes

Last week, we published a post on biometric security, which uses the features of a person's body as well as their mannerisms and behavior as credentials in computerized security system. Think the facial scans people use to unlock their phones. We touted biometrics as tools any firm should consider using in their security structure, as they're harder to hack than passwords.

The Effects of Extreme Heat on Hardware

Earlier this year during some unusually harsh winter weather, we published a post detailing the problems that extreme cold can cause in your hardware. We also discussed some measures that tech savvy firms can take to protect themselves.

With June just around the corner, many may be wondering if they should take any preventative measures for the summer heat.