Several business colleagues and I are in a rented house in Palm Springs trying to figure how to turn on the television. Oh sure, it's quite a slick configuration - a huge InFocus Screenplay DLP TV, Time Warner cable, a Bose sound system and what looks like a locked down PC with loads of hard disk space. Guess what, it's impossible to turn on. We watched the Fox soccer channel for 90 minutes last night without sound before we figured it out. And these are people who make semiconductors for a living! We have four remotes with a total 161 buttons to turn a TV??! We can do better. I'm sitting next to a Brit who told me until he moved to the States in 1995, he had a choice of a mere four TV channels. The only consolation is that we're in Palm Springs.
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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