With Bill Gates no longer sitting atop Microsoft as a fulltime employee, I will eventually write about my near 20-year association covering him and Microsoft. But until I get the time to do it justice, you’ll just have to enjoy the videos that celebrate his farewell town meeting at Microsoft on Friday. Here’s a link to 20 videos covering the pre-Microsoft days, Bill as a kid and college student and the early days of programming in Microsoft BASIC. And all the tech sites such News.com and eWeek (formerly PC Week) where I spent 16 years as editor and news editor. As self-serving as the videos are, I thoroughly enjoyed the 15-minute on the history of Microsoft. And the Seattle PI has an audio clip of the last two minutes of his goodbye where by all accounts, he fought back the tears (Bill does have a heart!). And News.com dug through it’s video archive put up a collection lot of Bill clips on a web page.
As engineers, you’ll be sure to enjoy watching these.
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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