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.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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