It is so depressing to see stories about energy. The primary if not sole focus is on prices going down again and pumping more oil into the economy. If a TV station interviews one more consumer at the pump, I will scream.
There’s almost no discussion about mobilizing around the development of alternatives fuels such as hydrogen, batteries, electric vehicles or even conservation. Such stories are sideshows to the main bar. Fuel efficient vehicles are selling better, but the story always seems to be about gas guzzling pickups and SUVs selling poorly. Duh! The person in front of me driving a GMC Yukon on nthis morning’s commutelooked so retro and out of step. Vehicles like those are getting "who could be driving that" stares now and they deserve it.
This weekend, the Saudis agreed to put 200,000 more barrels a day into the worldwide market, and even they are saying the U.S needs to conserve and examine how traders speculate on oil. President Bush’s answer? Reverse the ban on off-shore drilling so we can continue feeding our addiction. NY Times columnist Tom Friedman writes a column this morning lambasting Bush’s "fradulent" energy. His analogy goes this way: The oil is the heroin, the Saudis are the pushers, and Bush’s answer is more heroin. The analogy really works, doesn’t it?
We need oil for sure, but we need less not more. Why isn’t how we get to "cold turkey" the story?
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Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.