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.
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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.
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.