Has it been that long since bloggers exploded onto the scene? Now there's an estimated 70 million blogs, more than one for every man, woman and child in California, New York, Michigan and Illinois combined. Former colleague Dan Farber at ZDNet wrote a worthy retrospective on blogs. Given that many blogs, there must be some engineers out there that do it. True to the anti-social stereotype, engineers just don't seem drawn to blogging. That's too bad given the actual knowledge they have, say, compared to someone simply with political or religious views to express.
Actually, there's a glimmer of hope. I have found some pretty decent engineering blogs. They include an admissions blog to Cornell School of Engineering; a radio frequency blog that's more like a web site; a Dell blog to tech talk and Curious Cat, a science and engineering blog. With the staggering number of new blogs created every day, how could there not be more engineering blogs than a couple of years when a similar search turned up virtually none? Perhaps, there's only a snowball's chance that engineers will blog en masse. I've tried to coax some into it who I thought would be good, but have enjoyed limited success. We do have Matt Traum, an MIT doctoral candidate blogging on alternative fuels in I Have the Power! Also, another engineer is about to go online at Designnews.com. But we need more…perhaps you? We want to liven up the conversation.
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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