Are ASICs the next big development in AI?

Just as field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and graphics processing units (GPUs) are beginning to show promise in artificial intelligence (AI), new developments in application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) are challenging to become devices of choice for AI in the future. The uncertainty began when Google announced its second-generation ASICs to accelerate machine learning. But […]

Engineers@Leisure: Getting hands dirty and having fun!

I have always had an affinity for anything mechanical and from an early age I was making or modifying something. Initially it was making things out of bits of wood and nails, then I moved onto bicycles. My true passion, however, was ignited with the purchase of a 1960s Vespa 125 cc two-stroke scooter which […]

Engineers@Leisure: Keeping the age of steam alive

The smell of coal, oil and steam and the chuff-chuff of a 220 t steam locomotive as it gathers momentum to 60 km/h along the railway excites many people, young and old. One man keeps a beady eye on a wall of gauges and periodically shovels coal into a square hole, while a second man […]