"Significant changes" in the weapons mix of the U.S. Navy are needed during the next 25 to 35 years. So reports a National Research Council panel on naval weapons. The study calls for increased use of smart weapons, stealth, and electronic warfare. Needed is a family of low-cost, high-volume, long-range precision ballistic weapons for surface-to-surface operations. Also recommended: a new air-to-air weapon, mines operated by networked sensor systems, and an array of non-lethal weapons. More emphasis should be put, the panel says, on undersea weapons optimized for offensive and defensive operations in coastal regions. In the future, it adds, a greater percentage of ordnance will ride on standoff air-to-surface weapons. These weapons must receive target information from off-board sensors, as well as have autonomous capabilities to continue their attack in the face of countermeasures.
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.