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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. 🇳🇱🇪🇺🇺🇸

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‎The Rest Is History - Oppenheimer: The Father of the Atom Bomb (Apple Podcasts)

🍿Ben je van plan om de film Oppenheimer te gaan kijken? 🎥 Pak dan eerst nog even deze podcast mee! Tom Holland en Dominic Sandbrook van The Rest Is History hebben een tweedelige podcast gemaakt over de man en zijn missie, echt de moeite waard om de context mee te pakken.

July 22
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🍿Ben je van plan om de film Oppenheimer te gaan kijken? 🎥 Pak dan eerst nog even deze podcast mee! Tom Holland en Dominic Sandbrook van The Rest Is History hebben een tweedelige podcast gemaakt over de man en zijn missie, echt de moeite waard om de context mee te pakken.

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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“The Art Of Deception” by Kevin Mitnick

This week, the world lost Kevin Mitnick (59). Dubbed “the most dangerous hacker in America” back in the 1990s, he was a legendary blend: half hacker, half con man. An incredibly smart cookie with the wit and audacity to get anything done. When he was 12 years old, Mitnick convinced a bus driver to tell him where he could buy his own ticket puncher, and was then able to ride any bus in the greater Los Angeles area using unused transfer slips he found in a dumpster next to the bus company garage. When he was a young adult in the 80s and 90s, he got obsessed with exploring telephone and computer systems. The way he hacked was about much more than infiltrating and exploiting computer systems—he was a gifted "social engineer", someone who could con people into doing things to unwittingly compromise a system. As he honed the arts of phreaking (phone hacking), social engineering and hacking, he broke into the systems of Sun Microsystems, NEC, Motorola, Nokia, and even got access to the switch access services of Pacific Bell (which could be used to wiretap phone lines). He also got himself a prime spot on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. He was hunted down and jailed in 1995. He spent 5 years in federal custody, of which 4 in solitary confinement out of fear that he could "start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone”. After his release, he became a speaker, white hat hacker, security consultant and author. When I was a kid coming online in the mid 90s, I vividly remember being enthralled with the FREE KEVIN campaign that was all over the internet. The campaign was run out of the hacker mag “2600 Magazine” during Mitnick’s time in jail. It was a trigger for me to dive headfirst into the online hacker scene of the 90s and I was in awe of what I discovered. Mitnick was one of the pioneers. Later, his 2003 book “The Art of Deception” became a bible on my desk—and on the desks of an entire generation.

July 22
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I made an AI clone of myself (VICE)

Je hebt ze vast wel op social media voorbij zien komen: AI-gegenereerde kloons die AI-gegenereerde teksten voorlezen. Wat komt er bij kijken om zo’n kloon te maken? Deze journalist van Vice accepteert een uitnodiging van het Amerikaanse bedrijf Synthesia om er achter te komen.

February 26
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ASML CTO Martin van den Brink over de obstakels naar ASML’s euv-alleenheerschappij (Tweakers)

Vorig jaar publiceerde Tweakers het veelgelezen eerste deel van hun interview met ASML CTO Martin van den Brink, en nu is er part deux, geschreven door Daan van Monsjou. Martin duikt de roerige jaren van EUV in, vertelt over de belangrijke technische doorbraken, evalueert de rol van een beetje geluk, en kijkt vooruit naar High-NA en Hyper-NA.

April 8
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Tiny data centre used to heat public swimming pool (BBC News)

Omdenken! De warmte van een bescheiden datacenter houdt dit Britse zwembad meer dan de helft van de tijd op een comfy 30C. 😎

March 19
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Remembering Dr. Gordon Moore

Dr. Gordon Moore (94) died last week. He was a computing visionary, co-founder of chipmaker Intel and namesake of the famous “Moore’s Law”. I got to interview him in 2014. A memorable moment in multiple ways! 🙏

March 27
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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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Apollo 11: maanlanding in kleur en HD

Apollo 11 is een compilatie van origineel beeldmateriaal van de maanlanding. De waanzinnige beelden zijn in kleur en in HD, waardoor je nog meer in het moment wordt getrokken. Van de spanning op de gezichten van het publiek bij Kennedy Space Center tot de rokende mannen in Mission Control!

December 15
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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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