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Category: Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Ethics Blog: Microchipping People: Convenience or Concern?

For some years now, we have had radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology available to make transponder chips small enough to be implanted into living beings such as dogs or people.  Almost no one objects to placing an identifying microchip in a pet, which in a legal sense is a piece of property like the sunglasses you might buy at a store.  But some lingering sense of the difference between humans and everything else gives us pause when we start talking about…

Introducing Makisu: Uber’s Fast, Reliable Docker Image Builder for Apache Mesos and Kubernetes

By Evelyn Liu, Ed Oakes, Antoine Pourchet, & Yiran Wang To ensure the stable, scalable growth of our diverse tech stack, we leverage a microservices-oriented architecture, letting engineers deploy thousands of services on a dynamic, high-velocity release cycle. These services enable new features to greatly improve the experiences of riders, drivers, and eaters on our platform. Although this paradigm supported hypergrowth in both scale and application complexity, it resulted in serious growing pains given the size and scope of our…

Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research accomplishments

Five years ago, we created the Facebook AI Research (FAIR) group to advance the state of the art of AI through open research for the benefit of all — it’s an effort to understand the nature of intelligence so that we might create intelligent machines. Since then, FAIR has learned a lot and grown into an international research organization with labs in Menlo Park, New York, Paris, Montreal, Tel Aviv, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and London. AI has become so central to…

Beautiful, fast mobile payment apps

Take In-App and In-Person Payments with Square Flutter Plugins Take In-App and In-Person Payments with Square Flutter Plugins Flutter is Google’s new framework for building beautiful native apps on iOS and Android from a single codebase. Today, we’re excited to announce that Square and Flutter have partnered to create plugins to take in-app and in-person payments from Flutter apps! We’re delighted to see Square delivering first-class payment services to Flutter apps. Flutter developers now have a great way to take payments from…

Precisely fitting bone implants from the printer

Plasma-jet coating of medical implant scaffolds. Credit: Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg Cancerous tumors, infections or bad fractures can make it necessary to surgically remove bones and insert implants in their place. In collaboration with European partners, Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a technique with which bone implants that are precisely fitting, stable and variable in dimensions can be 3-D printed from a special plastic. The secret lies in the printing process, where the individual layers are treated with a cold…

Marriott's Data Breach: Not In Our Line of Work

Back when I attended Cornell for my master’s degree, I learned that one of the stronger academic programs on campus was what is now called the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.  There was even an actual hotel on campus run by undergrads in the program, and reportedly (I never stayed there) it was one of the best hotels in Ithaca, and quite reasonably priced.  But this was back in the days when guests registered by signing a physical registration blank,…

An update on Pixie, Pinterest’s recommendation system

Pong Eksombatchai | Software Engineer, Applied Science We recently welcomed engineers to our offices for our annual Mad Science Fair, where I shared the latest on Pixie, an advanced graph-based recommendation system. Here’s a recap of that talk, and you can find the video here. As Pinterest grows to more than 250 million people, we’re constantly scaling the number of Pins saved and matching them to people with overlapping interests, serving more than 10 billion recommendations every day. To make…

Lasers could take 3-D printing to next level

Jianhua “Joshua” Tong, left, and Ph.D. student Shenglong Mu work in a lab at Clemson University, where they are developing a new 3D-printing technique that involves laser processing. Credit: Clemson University Cars that go more than 1,000 miles on a single fill-up and smartphones that can run for days without recharging are among the possibilities that could come out of a new Clemson University research project that brings together 3-D printing and laser processing. Jianhua “Joshua” Tong and his team…

VitalTag to give vital information in mass casualty incidents

VitalTag will keep first responders connected to their patients via a suite of sensors and a mobile app. Credit: PNNL When mass casualty incidents occur—shootings, earthquakes, multiple car pile ups—first responders can easily be overwhelmed by the sheer number of victims. When every second counts, monitoring all the victims in a chaotic situation can be difficult. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed a stick-on sensor that measures and tracks a patient’s vital signs to…

Netflix at AWS re:Invent 2018 – Netflix TechBlog – Medium

by Shaun Blackburn AWS re:Invent is back in Las Vegas this week! Many Netflix engineers and leaders will be among the 40,000 attending the conference to connect with fellow cloud and OSS enthusiasts. You can find us at our booth on the expo floor, speaking on a variety of subjects, and at meetups and events around the re:Invent campus. We have listed all our talks below to make it easy to hear what we have been up to. Please say…