Junkscience.com, the Fox News mouthpeice that disses global warming and the green movement, is at it again. It is sponsoring a contest that will pay $100,000 to anyone who can prove humans are causing global warming. Of course the Ultimate Global Warming Content (UGWC also stands for the United German Warhammer Clan, a gaming group) is a spoof and no one will ever make a cent from this. Junkscience.com also has The Greener Pledge whose adherents must swear to a list of promises to `help’ the green movement, which Junkscience.com routinely badmouths. Some of the pledges are sort of funny. They include:
– Opening soda cans more slowly to the reduce rate of CO2 emissions.
– Reduce CO2 emissions by doing as little exercise as possible, and
– Use more solar energy by taking longer beach vacations.
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.