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A regular speaker on the tech conference circuit and a Senior Director at FTI Consulting, Sylvie Barak is an authority on the electronics space, social media in a b2b context, digital content creation and distribution. She has a passion for gadgets, electronics, and science fiction.

Quantum Computing, What Is It And Why Should We Care? Sylvie Barak
In this Q&A with bestselling author of Quantum Computing for Babies, William Hurley (Whurley), a visionary in the field who is on a mission to connect quantum hardware to the organizations who can use them, we discuss the basics of quantum computing and how engineers can get involved today.

Robo-Pop: How Robots Came to Dominate Popular Culture Sylvie Barak
Robots have captured our imagination since Leonardo da Vinci’s medieval sketches, but humanity’s mania with humanoid mechanical beings—friend or foe—has only intensified. The last century saw robots becoming a cornerstone of pop culture, showing up everywhere from books to films, TV shows, and songs, continuing the takeover of human entertainment.

5G Is So Near-Future: A Look Ahead to 6G and 7G Sylvie Barak
5G may be the buzzword of the moment, but it’s so near-future. We should be future-forward, thinking of near “sci-fi like possibilities” of 6G and 7G that may arise just a decade or two from now, with wireless speeds up to 11Gbps enabling things like mind-to-mind communication, home ATM machines, space roaming, and so much more!

The Rise Of Soft-Robotics Sylvie Barak
The rise of soft robotics is inspiring new materials and technologies that are able to sense certain cues—pressure, forces form different directions, vibrations, and more. Soft robotics use soft, compliant mechanisms and actuators, built using fluids and flexible materials, enabling a wide range of motion, making them more useful for things like exoskeletons or wearables. While soft robotics may sound a little wimpy, the reality is that the technology will likely punch way above its weight in terms of usefulness by blending the best of human with the best of mechanical in the near future.

Engineering for Space: Many Challenges, Various Solutions Sylvie Barak
High-performance, zero margin for error, extreme environments, and more are just some of the high-stakes challenges that space engineers face. New materials, louvres, space hardening, Whipple shielding, and artificial intelligence (AI) are just some of the ways space design challenges are addressed.

3-D Printing as Part of the Next Industrial Revolution Sylvie Barak
Humanity has streamlined the process of manufacturing several times over the course of its history. First, we channeled water and steam to mechanize production. Then we learned to harness electrical power for mass production. Next, electronics and information technology helped us increase automation. Now with 3-D design and printing, we’re able to blend the physical, virtual, biological, and chemical.

Sci-fi Super Heroes Become Sci-fact Sylvie Barak
If you’re the kind of engineer who wishes sci-fi would hurry up and become sci-fact, you’re in luck.

Will Autonomous Vehicles Put Human Jobs in the Backseat? Sylvie Barak
While some believe driverless vehicles will completely disrupt traditional commerce, turning things like truck drivers and the $220 billion auto insurance industry into relics, others believe autonomous vehicles are coming just in time to fill a pressing need.

Open Source Hardware Sylvie Barak
According to the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA): "Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design.” Going deeper, OSHWA says that the hardware’s source, the design from which it is made, must be available in the preferred format for making modifications to it. “Ideally, open source hardware uses readily-available components and materials, standard processes, open infrastructure, unrestricted content, and open-source design tools to maximize the ability of individuals to make and use hardware. Open source hardware gives people the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge and encouraging commerce through the open exchange of designs." What’s interesting in the above definition is that - much of the time - open source hardware is basically open source software; meaning that the piece of hardware is usually proprietary, but what you can do with that hardware is open.

Human Settlements in Space; Mars Madness? Sylvie Barak
Advancements in technology and space travel mean human settlement on Mars is already possible using existing technologies. But while the mechanisms are ready, is human psychology? Programs like Mars One are already ramping up plans for Mars colonization, with the goal of sending the first human pioneers in crews of four, every two years, starting in 2026.

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