Imagine using unattended ground sensors to provide continuous weather reports and surveillance of critical targets in enemy areas. The Defense Department thinks the idea is sound enough to pursue. The agency includes it among nine projects it will fund this fiscal year under its Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) program. The other projects are: a networked early warning system for biological threats, a method for detecting coordinated attacks on computer networks, a "joint continuous strike environment" using combined suites of weapons on targets, a system for moving weapons and other materiel from ship to shore in heavy seas, an interface between major tactical data links on the ground and in the air, an advanced forward looking infrared system for precise target location and identification, a markedly improved capability for precise counterfire at the battle-theater level, and a line-of-sight system for high-speed destruction of many tanks at once.
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.