There are many who will say that the ongoing problems and challenges in U.S manufacturing are the fault of foreign markets, or a result of China’s rise to power as a cheaper alternative to domestic options. Placing blame on these factors solely would be painting a limited and ignorant picture of the true facts.

Are the ongoing problems and challenges in the U.S manufacturing a result of China’s rise to power?

The fall of manufacturing in the United States, and the rise of China as a superpower in this industry began in the 1980s. Growing up, I was always told…


As artificial intelligence becomes more complex and capable, ethics will play a crucial role in deciding how we move forward, but like most ethical quandaries, it’s not that simple…

In February of 2020, both IBM and Microsoft signed something called the “Rome Call of AI Ethics.” This pledge was drafted by the Pontifical Academy, which was founded in 1994 with the intention of aiding the world in the pursuit of ethical guidelines as we develop new sciences and technologies. It also happens to be aligned with the Catholic Church.

This is how the Vatican became involved with the initiative. What…


As the world continues to wrestle with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Open Source Hardware Summit pivots to a digital format, and the community finds new ways to help.

Back in February of 2020, the virus known as COVID-19 was already a horrifying reality for people in the eastern parts of the world. At the time, I traveled to Supplyframe’s home office and, after discussing the situation with my colleagues, wrote a piece about how the situation could affect global supply chains. Now, only a month later, so much has changed.

As the virus makes its way into cities and towns…


A device the size of a smartphone, combined with open-source software, can make your car semi-autonomous.

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It wasn’t until a few years ago that I discovered the sheer joy of cruise control. I knew about it, knew what it did, but I never had a dire need for it as I didn’t do a lot of long-distance driving. When I finally tried it out on a long stretch of highway, my entire perspective changed.

I imagine that’s how people feel when they first experience even a low level of automation in their vehicle. It’s both terrifying and infinitely exciting. While…


The Internet is a digital Wild West, but with the help of quantum technology, it doesn’t have to be…

There are many mysteries left to solve on this planet we call home, to say nothing of the greater universe. Some of them are large, and some are infinitesimally small. On the smallest side of the scale, we’ve just begun to scratch the surface of quantum mechanics, and what we’ve found could change technology forever.

Quantum computing is becoming less and less radical as it finds its way into numerous applications, but what if we applied these concepts to the World…


Could the replacement for Moore’s Law come from chips inspired by the human brain?

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Moore’s Law is dying! Moore’s Law is dead! If quantum computing has anything to say in the matter, it’s both! While it’s true that we’re nearing a plateau in regards to transistors on a chip, it’s going to require a radical change to replace the concepts put forth by Intel’s co-founder, Gordon Moore.

The options are slim, quantum computing being one of them, but now there’s a new contender: neuromorphic computing. Chips modeled after the human brain. …


With Coronavirus quarantines in effect, interruptions and delays are poised to strike across the supply chain.

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The coronavirus has been the subject of countless news stories in recent memory. While a vast majority of cases are in China, 18 other countries have also reported diagnoses, prompting the World Health Organization to declare the outbreak a global public health emergency.

Our thoughts are with the people of China and the city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus. With millions in quarantine and the numbers climbing daily, it’s become abundantly clear that the effects of the coronavirus are finding their way…


Nuro has become the first autonomous vehicle company to receive exemption from federal safety standards.

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Modern automobiles come with certain expectations: a steering wheel, side windows, windshields, things like that. Self-driving cars don’t need these things, of course, because they have their own sensors and hardware to handle perception and control on the roads.

Even so, these things are required in the U.S. by the federal government. At least, they usually are. Nuro has changed all of that by being the first self-driving vehicle company to receive an exemption from those standards. …


In a world where everything we are is digital, protecting yourself is paramount

In the first part of this series on threats in the digital realm we talked about what a potential cyber attack would look like on a mass scale. Now comes the next logical question: are you ready for one?

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I’ve been hacked once before and lost a lot of money in the blink of an eye. It was a terrifying experience that shattered my trust in an Internet that rarely puts our security first. It was up to me to ensure my online identity was secure. …


“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” — Albert Einstein

Editor’s Note: while this article was inspired by recent global events, both the author and staff of Supplyframe Hardware hope for peace between the peoples of Iran and the United States.

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The assassination of Iranian general Qassem Suleimani by the United States has once again reignited tensions in the Middle East. …

Bradley Ramsey

Technical Writer at Supplyframe. Lover of dogs and all things electronic.

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