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IEEE Future Directions Initiatives Report on New Developments

IEEE Future Directions initiatives are creating opportunities to advance next-generation technologies. On 21 June 2017, representatives from Future Directions initiatives came together at the IEEE Meeting Series in New Brunswick, NJ, USA. They discussed accomplishments, ongoing activities, and plans to grow their cutting-edge initiatives, which currently have a combined +31,000 members. Among their top priorities were efforts to build cross-collaboration with other initiatives and IEEE organizational units, create and expand educational programs, build industrial connections, foster engaging student activities, and produce groundbreaking standards.

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IEEE Future Directions Committee Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Report

At the June 2017 Future Directions meeting series, Roberto Saracco, Head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital, gave a report on behalf of the Industry Advisory Board. Based on input from industry experts, the presentation outlined the future technologies that are most important to industry and identified the roles that the IEEE might play in advancing those technologies. Among the topics discussed, 3D Printing and In Memory Computing were identified as having high industry relevance. Roberto also included feedback from industry near the end of the presentation, describing how it is important for IEEE to focus on the present in addition to the future. Roberto also outlined deliverables that were deemed to be the most relevant to industry including tables of standards, industry landscapes, and technology roadmaps.

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Choices Regarding Designs Today Will Impact Our Shared Future Tomorrow
By Dr. David A Bray

In early December 2016 the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) released version one of its document entitled Ethically Aligned Design focused on artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.

Produced by an impressive group of positive #ChangeAgents all working under the larger umbrella of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, this living document provides initial recommendations for considering how the designs of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems (AI/AS) may impact the lives of humans in ways both intended and unintended. Additional updates to the document are expected in 2017 and beyond.

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Understanding the Societal Impact of Autonomous Technologies
By Raj Madhavan

Autonomous technologies have a bit of a Hollywood problem.

Movies and television shows have made it quite easy to talk about autonomous technologies such as robots, self-driving cars and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Hollywood has turned the topic into a dependable conversation starter in schools, in boardrooms, at dinner parties, etc., and that’s definitely a good, helpful thing for researchers in the space.

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