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Sander Hofman

🚨Nerd alert! Communications at ASML. Fascinated by the now, how and wow of science + tech + chips. Curious and creative since 1982. 🇳🇱🇪🇺🇺🇸

40 posts / 57 following / 186 followers

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Could ultrasound replace the stethoscope?

Interesting piece that shows the power of cross-pollination amongst the sciences + a good pinch of engineering to get to a completely new application. “Miniaturization, experimentation, and A.I. have unlocked revolutionary potential in an old technology.”

January 29
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Interesting piece that shows the power of cross-pollination amongst the sciences + a good pinch of engineering to get to a completely new application. “Miniaturization, experimentation, and A.I. have unlocked revolutionary potential in an old technology.”

Het geheim van ASML (VPRO Tegenlicht)

VPRO Tegenlicht kreeg vorig jaar toegang tot het reilen en zeilen bij high-tech bedrijf ASML. Full disclosure: daar werk ik. 😉 De docu is één van mijn persoonlijke hoogtepunten van 2022: ik mocht de makers van de VPRO (regisseur Kees Brouwer en redactie) begeleiden tijdens hun safari door onze techjungle. 🐘🤠⚙️

January 16
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“Chip War” by Chris Miller

This book traces the evolution of the chip industry, elegantly describing the economic, technological and geopolitical forces at work in the 75 years since the invention of the transistor. The story flows around the industry’s key characters (it’s a colorful bunch to say the least!) and their decision-making, both commercial and technological. Must-read if you’re keen to understand how chips ended up in almost every aspect of life in 2022.

November 29
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Deze AR-bril voor doven en slechthorenden ondertitelt in real-time 😎

Wauw, wat een mooie en betekenisvolle mengelmoes van verschillende technologieën: wearable, spraakherkenning, display en audio tech komen hier samen. Dit soort synergie zal de komende 10 jaar steeds mooiere applicaties opleveren.

November 30
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Bruce Sterling: ‘Artificial Intelligence is de tulpenmanie van nu’

“Je hond denkt, je computer niet.” 🐶

December 4
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Solar car “Lightyear 0” has gone into production

Dutch start-up Lightyear is revolutionizing electric driving by building a car that drives on clean, solar energy. After six years of hurdles and triumphs, the sun now rises on their most important milestone yet: the production of Lightyear 0!

December 5
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Pentagon debuts its new stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider

This is the first new American bomber aircraft in more than 30 years. It can carry nuclear payloads. And it can fly missions without humans aboard. What could possibly go wrong!? 😳 "The way it operates internally is extremely advanced compared to the B-2, because the technology has evolved so much in terms of the computing capability that we can now embed in the software of the B-21."

December 6
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JWST’s best images: spectacular stars and spiralling galaxies

🛰️ Humanity’s greatest camera is snapping some real beauties! 📸

December 7
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Friends or frenemies? Significant trans-atlantic divides emerge in global chip war

Excellent backgrounder by Der SPIEGEL reporters Martin Hesse, Michael Sauga and Marcel Rosenbach. U.S. President Joe Biden has adopted a heavy-handed approach to China and hopes to cut Beijing off from modern chip technologies. To do so, he will need European support. Will he get it?

December 11
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🚨Major breakthrough in fusion energy💥

Just in, press conference to follow on Tuesday: scientists of Lawrence Livermore National Lab have made a breakthrough in the pursuit of limitless, zero-carbon power by achieving a net energy gain in a fusion reaction for the first time. Whoa! Physicists have since the 1950s sought to harness the fusion reaction that powers the sun, but no group had been able to produce more energy from the reaction than it consumes — a milestone known as net energy gain or target gain, which would help prove the process could provide a reliable, abundant alternative to fossil fuels and conventional nuclear energy.

December 11
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