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Lack of funding leaves Dutch AI lagging

Several initiatives to promote AI research in the Netherlands have emerged over the past two years. Bits&Chips asked three foremen to highlight the importance of artificial intelligence for Dutch economy and Dutch society.

Headlines

TSMC calls worldwide plans for boosting chip production “unrealistic”
Trillion+ semiconductor units shipped again this year
Airbus and TNO link on laser-based aircraft communication
ICT accelerates growth plan with Profit and Strypes NL acquisitions
Port of Rotterdam commissions 77 hybrid-electrical AGVs with VDL
Sirius Medical goes international with US approval and UK implant
TSMC pouring 100 billion in capacity expansion
Delft SEM tweak results in 20x faster imaging
Quantum photonics company Quix makes its first sale
Inmarsat files suit over Dutch government 5G spectrum allocation

Lithium ion’s sulfury cousin one step closer to commercialization

Adding to much of the research progress in recent years, scientists from Australia’s Monash University have ticked yet another box for getting promising lithium-sulfur battery technology ready for commercial application.

In other news

Former Philips top cryptographer compromised encryption devices (VPRO)
Shell mulls Makani future as Alphabet drops energy kite project (Recharge)
Folding glass: how, why, and the truth of Samsung’s Z Flip (The Verge)

Don’t build new platforms

Building new platforms to replace existing ones is a highly risky R&D initiative fraught with challenges. Instead, commit to continuously investing a part of your R&D resources in refactoring your existing platform.