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72 The PCB Magazine • April 2017 Gary Ferrari Earns Dieter Bergman IPC Fellowship Award In recognition of his ongoing leadership in devel- oping and promoting IPC standards on a global basis, IPC bestowed the Dieter Bergman IPC Fel- lowship Award upon Gary Ferrari of FTG Circuits. Imagineering CEO Khurrum Dhanji Discusses New AS9100 Guidebook I have had many conversations with Imagineer- ing President and CFO Parvin Dhanji, and CEO Khurrum Dhanji, and I always come away very impressed with their dedication to their commu- nity, associates and their customers. That's why it was no surprise to me that they teamed with I-Connect007 to publish this long overdue guide to AS9100. Opinion: Robots and AI Could Soon Have Feelings, Hopes and Rights … We Must Prepare for the Reckoning Is artificial intelligence a benign and liberating in- fluence on our lives—or should we fear an impend- ing rise of the machines? And what rights should robots share with humans? Christopher Markou, a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, suggests an urgent need to start considering the answers. Beware the Killer Robots Autonomous weapons have moved from science fiction to become a clear and present danger. But there is still time to stop them. In July 2015, thousands of researchers working in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics united to issue an open letter calling for a pre-emptive ban on such weapons. IPC Volunteers Honored for Contributions to Electronics Industry at IPC APEX EXPO IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Indus- tries presented Committee Leadership, Distin- guished Committee Service and Special Recogni- tion Awards at IPC APEX EXPO at the San Diego Convention Center. The awards were presented to individuals who made significant contributions to IPC and the industry by lending their time and ex- pertise through IPC committee service. American Standard Circuits' John Rupp Certified as Quality Lead Auditor for AS9100D American Standard Circuits CEO Anaya Vardya has announced that the company's Quality Systems Manager, John Rupp, has earned his certification as a quality lead auditor for AS9100D. PCB Maker IMI Installs Micro-Vu Excel Measuring System IMI Inc. announced today that they have acquired and installed a Micro-Vu Excel 661 UCL Measuring System. This sophisticated machine will comple- ment IMI's current Micro-Vu inspection system and overall inspection, test and measurement capability. NASA Taking First Steps Toward High-speed Space 'Internet' The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will help NASA understand the best ways to operate laser communications systems. They could enable much higher data rates for connec- tions between spacecraft and Earth, such as sci- entific data downlink and astronaut communica- tions. Electronics Industry Experiences Technology's Turning Point at IPC APEX EXPO 2017 From revolutionary advancements displayed on the show floor to expert insights conveyed in technical conference sessions and professional development courses, IPC APEX EXPO 2017 pro- vided the learning and connections that helped 4,169 attendees from 39 countries prepare for the future. Next Generation of Nuclear Robots Will Go Where None Have Gone Before The cost of cleaning up the UK's existing nuclear facilities has been estimated to be between £95 billion and £219 billion over the next 120 years or so. The harsh conditions within these facilities means that human access is highly restricted and much of the work will need to be completed by robots. MilAero007 Highlights

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