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Issue 03/2018

First International Standards committee for entire AI ecosystem

Industry recognizes standardization will be essential to broad adoption of AI

Information technology has become an integral part of our lives whether it be in the consumer, industrial or commercial aspects. It is hard to imagine life, work or entertainment without it. Artificial intelligence (AI) presents the next digital frontier of the IT evolution.

Issue 06/2018

Eliminating bias from algorithms

Eliminating bias from the data used to train algorithms is a key challenge for the future of machine learning

Wael Diab, who is leading international efforts to standardize artificial intelligence (AI), has identified the mitigation of data bias as a priority challenge for eventual future standards work. Diab recently told the IEC General Meeting, in Busan, South Korea, that a broad standardization approach is necessary. 

Issue 06/2018

Healthcare needs doctors and machines

Disruptive technologies bring healthcare improvements but raise new issues

Imagine being able to predict medical conditions in healthy people and take steps to prevent them before symptoms develop, or having fully autonomous systems monitor critical patients in intensive care units instead of requiring a team of specialists.

Issue 06/2018

SMB Meeting in Busan

SMB Chair shares key decisions and developments

Ralph Sporer, IEC Vice-President and Chair of the Standardization Management Board (SMB) shared key decisions with IEC e-tech.

Issue 06/2018

How secure is your medical device?

Technology advances and the rising awareness of fitness are driving the smart medical devices industry

In 2007, when cautious doctors replaced a former US Vice President’s heart defibrillator, a battery-powered device placed under the skin to monitor heart rate, they modified it so it couldn't be hacked by terrorists, by having the manufacturer disable the wireless feature.

2019
Issue 01/2019

Standards for key information technologies

For many today, smart technologies facilitate carrying out daily activities, business operations, the management of critical infrastructures and more

The Internet of Things (IoT), increased connectivity and advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, such as algorithms and machine learning are enabling industries to streamline processes, improve efficiency and reduce costs as they become more digitized.

Issue 01/2019

Rethinking the healthcare ecosystem

New technologies are increasing healthcare access, improving lives and saving costs

Today, for many, technology is an inextricable part of life and healthcare. Friendly robots administer daily medications; algorithms diagnose diseases more accurately than top specialists, and a doctor’s appointment can happen over skype.

Issue 02/2019

Digital learning is redefining education

Imagine experiencing an historic moment as it happens, or discovering cellular biology in 3D from inside the body. This is now possible using virtual reality

In parts of Asia, North and South America, Europe and Africa, digital technologies are enabling students to learn more effectively and from entirely new perspectives.

Issue 03/2019

How secure is your data self?

In our digitalized world, we need to understand, control and ensure data security

In 2019, a day of data includes 500 million tweets, 294 billion emails, four terabytes produced by a connected car, 65 billion messages sent over WhatsApp and two billion minutes of voice and video calls made, five billion searches and 95 million photos and videos shared on Instagram, according to research by Raconteur data journalism specialists. By 2020 it is expected that wearable devices will produce 28 petabytes (1000⁵ bytes) of data.

Issue 04/2019

Computing: getting ready for the quantum leap

Standards experts are already exploring the potential of quantum computing to accelerate digital transformation

Engineers and scientists around the world are racing to build quantum computing devices capable of achieving quantum supremacy, which is broadly defined as solving problems that today’s computers cannot. Quantum devices will eventually have processing power that overshadows anything that contemporary supercomputers can achieve. They are expected to bring massive benefits, such as accelerating medical research, making advances in artificial intelligence and perhaps even finding answers to climate change.

Issue 04/2019

Establishing trustworthiness is vital in our human-machine world

As long as human civilization has existed, people have needed to trust people in personal and business situations. Trust is at the heart of everything.

Over the last century, automation has advanced in many industries. More recently people must work with non-human entities, which increasingly use artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

Issue 05/2019

Standards help ensure safety of medical devices using artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies bring countless benefits to daily life as they become increasingly incorporated in the devices and systems used across many industries.

In the case of healthcare, medical devices and systems can help save lives and improve quality of life for people living with different conditions and diseases. Machine learning, natural language processing and image recognition facilitate the monitoring, analysis, diagnosis and treatment of patients.