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DECEMBER 2023 I SMT007 MAGAZINE 75 then looked at Patty and said, "By the time you finish your lunch, I will be done with my report. You are welcome to use my power port then." Patty thanked John and held her composure, but a careful observer would notice a sin- gle tear streaming down her face. Patty couldn't remember enjoy- ing a lunch so much. True to his word, he let her charge her computer up, so she was able to get some work done. She finished some of her most urgent work and there was still about 45 minutes of the flight le. She then noticed that John was reading the same book on Elon Musk. "What do you think of Isaacson's Elon Musk?" she asked him. He chuckled, and said, "Wow, what a book, what a character, espe- cially his love life." "I agree, Patty said. "What did you think of 'e Algorithm' and the 'Idiot Index'?" "It's funny you should mention them," John said, continuing the conversation. "I am think- ing of implementing both into the manufactur- ing plant that I manage. I think they have the potential to revolutionize our costs and pro- ductivity." What are Musk's "e Algorithm" and the "Idiot Index?" Could implementing them into your facility revolutionize your costs and pro- ductivity? Stay tuned to found out. SMT007 Dr. Ron note: While Patty's experiences at the air- port and plane might seem somewhat out of context for this series, they mirrored mine of a short time ago. Each day is a journey. Ronald C. Lasky is an instruc- tional professor of engineer- ing for the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, and senior technolo- gist at Indium Corporation. To read past columns, or contact Lasky, click here. Download Lasky's book, The Printed Circuit Assembler's Guide to… Solder Defects. You can view other titles in the I-007eBooks library here. What are Elon Musk's "The Algorithm" and the "Idiot Index?" Could implement- ing them into your facility revolutionize your costs and productivity? Simone Fabiano, senior associate professor at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, has been granted SEK 23 million from the European Research Council to develop a new type of soft electronic device inspired by the human brain. In recent years, Fabiano's research group at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, LOE, has suc- cessfully engineered artificial neurons and syn- apses utilising polymers. The next phase is to integrate these components into an artificial network that emulates the computation ability of the brain, with the ultimate goal of creating the next generation intelligent bio- electronic devices. It can be likened to a tiny "extra brain" made from polymers. "This technology has the potential to serve a myriad of functions, from monitoring physiologi- cal parameters such as temperature, pressure, and blood sugar to directly interfacing with the body's nervous system," says Fabiano. He describes this as "in-sensor-computing," where information is processed within the body itself, elimi- nating the need for external data processing in the cloud, a departure from current electronic systems. "With this closed-loop system, we won't have to send sensitive data over the internet, addressing privacy concerns associated with conventional cloud-based data man- agement and reducing energy con- sumption," says Fabiano. (Source: Linköping University) Developing Soft Electronic Devices Mimicking the Brain

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