I askd Professor and former engineering dean Tom Magnanti of MIT the following: If he could wave a magic wand, what improvements would he bring to engineering education in the U.S. He gave me a couple of serious answers, but his best was CSI: Route 128 Engineers (I added CSI). Yes, he would inspire more interest in engineering by creating an hour long series that glorify engineers in the same we’ve been getting it ad nauseum about cops, lawyerrs and firefighters. And he promises that the male engineer would get the girl and vice versa.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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