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.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.