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A view of the future.

Speakers at the annual Imec Technology Forum shared their ideas on the future of electronics in machine learning, medicine, and how tomorrows systems will communicate with each other and interact with users.


Experts at last week's Imec Technology Forum in Belgium offered predictions on how the future of electronics will evolve, including Samsung's Kinam Kim's forecast of neural-network processors mining insights from Internet of Things (IoT) data.

Microsoft Research's Peter Lee anticipates the booming application of refined deep-learning models, while a more cost- and power-efficient neuromorphic machine-learning architecture is envisioned by Imec's Praveen Raghavan.

Neural implants that shed more light on the brain and beneficial brain stimulation are a focus for Medtronic's Tim Denison, and the convergence of the IoT and healthcare in the form of wearable medical sensors is of central interest to scientist Mario Konijnenburg.

Meanwhile, Imec's life science division is miniaturizing medical test equipment using photonic chips, and Sony's Kazumasa Nomoto expects virtual reality and augmented reality to transform human interaction with large-screen and mobile devices of the future.

Other predictions include the emergence of common underlying systems for wired and wireless networks.

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