The Institute’s 10 Most Popular Articles of 2018

What to wear at a job interview and blockchain were among the hot topics

9 January 2019

These articles covered all manner of tech-related issues. 

  1. 1. What’s the Dress Code for Job Interviews These Days?

    This article struck a chord with a lot of readers who are job hunting and confused about what the proper attire is for interviews at small companies and startups. The story includes advice from two IEEE members, who founded their own companies, about what they thought candidates should wear. I also included guidance from several career-related forums I visited.

  2. 2. Three Things Millennials Value More Than a High Salary

    It turns out high wages are not necessarily a top priority for workers ages 21 to 35, according to the study that surveyed 1,000 millennials in the United States about what motivates them to stay at their company as well as what drives them away.You might be surprised to learn that more money is not the main perk. 

  3. 3. Trump Administration Proposes More Changes to H-1B Visa Program

    This popular U.S. work visa program has been undergoing reforms by the current administration. H-1B visas allow employers to recruit and employ non-U.S. workers in specialty occupations, including engineering, for a specified period of time. Last January we reported on several proposed changes that aim to force some current visa holders from staying in the country and others that are keeping new applicants from being approved. 

  4. 4. How Persuasive Technology Can Change Your Habits

    Breaking a habit or starting a new one can be difficult for many people. That’s why the designers of mobile apps and wearables are incorporating persuasive technology and behavioral science into their products. 

  5. 5. IEEE Task Force Works on Standard for Light Communications

    In July we reported that several companies are working on providing secure, high-speed Internet access from LED bulbs used in a variety of lighting fixtures such as desk lamps, streetlights, and vehicle taillights. These light-communications systems are known aslight fidelity, or Li-Fi.  But before Li-Fi can be widely available, several issues have to be resolved including creating a LAN light-communications standard. That’s what the IEEE 802.11 task group on light communications has been working on with manufacturers, operators, and end users. 

  6. 6. Tech Startup Thorn Takes Aim at Child Exploitation and Trafficking

    The sexual exploitation and trafficking of children is a serious problem worldwide. Today’s technologies are contributing to the situation because they provide traffickers with convenient ways to reach abusers, but technology is also being used to combat the­ scourge. The nonprofit technology company Thorn is developing tools to help law enforcement identify victims, software to help companies spot and eliminate child pornography and other sex-abuse materials from their platforms, and programs to bring awareness to the problems.

  7. 7. IEEE Blockchain Initiative Helps to Advance the Decentralized Ledger

    Blockchain has the potential to replace existing databases to provide more transparency and security. Just about every industry— including finance, health care, manufacturing, and transportation—could adopt it. To help advance the technology, IEEE launched its Blockchain Initiative, and dozens of activities are underway such as developing 

  8. 8. The Birth of Silicon Valley: Radio Leads the Way

    When most people think of the valley, they probably think of semiconductors, personal computers, and software. But it was a hub for innovation long before the rise of personal computing.

  9. 9. Five Surprising Applications of Blockchain Technology

    This second article on blockchain reported on ways the decentralized ledger is being used by employers, the food industry, and photographers.

  10. 10. The Prohibition-Era Origins of the Police Radio

    In the 1920s and 1930s, the United States was experiencing a crime wave brought on by Prohibition and the Great Depression. Criminals eluded capture in part because police had no communication system for dispatching patrol cars to a crime scene. That was until tech savvy police officers with the assistance of engineers figured out how to design and build one- and two-way police radios.

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