New software designed to help engineers and others make smarter decisions drew crowds at the FOSE-98 computer exhibition in Washington, DC. Ventana Corp., Tucson, AZ at www.info.ventana.com; FAX 520-325-8319 displayed its new GroupSystems Workgroup Edition. It is a suite of tools for simultaneous, anonymous group decisions. Expert Choice, Inc., Pittsburgh, at email@example.com, unveiled Team Expert ChoiceVersion 9.0. It uses a decision-making method known as the analytichierarchy process for tackling complex decisions having multiple, and possibly conflicting, objectives. Among the most innovative and powerful new decision aids is AnswerTree from SPSS Inc., Chicago at www.spss.com/software/spss/AnswerTree/; FAX 312- 329-3690. The program produces decision tree diagrams giving users an instant snapshot of statistically significant groups in their data. AnswerTree evaluates multiple variables and places them in order of importance. Several tree-based algorithms also enable users to get the best model for their data.
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.