We have started to talk a lot of engineers tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems involving health, agriculture, sanitation and education. And the more we dig, we more we find engineers applying their skills, talent and energy to solving humankind’s problems. One such organization I came across recently is the aptly named Engineers without Borders. Allied with the Rotarians (the folks who brought us Easter Seals), EWB has 200 chapters and 170 projects in 41 countries. Check them out.
Watch designnews.com for more information and stories about the work EWB and other organizations like it are doing. And if you know of engineers doing wonderful things, we’d like to know about it to help and and recognize them.
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.