The DESIGN West conference staff needs your ideas for keynote addresses and conference speakers. We want to know who you want to hear.
Over the years, keynoters at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) have included engineers, inventors, programmers, industry moguls, physicists, scientists, astronauts, explorers, cartoonists, sci-fi authors, musicians, politicians, manufacturers, analysts, futurists, and industry (and cultural) icons. As varied as embedded systems are, so too have been the ESC speakers and keynoters.
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DESIGN West 2013, which will be held this April at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.
I would love to see a debate between Nissan's Carlos Ghosn, a huge supporter of electric cars, and Toyota's Takeshi Uchiyamada, who recently said "the current capabilities of electric vehicles do not meet society's needs."
What about someone from NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover team--perhaps Bobak Ferdowsi, the mohawk coiffed engineer who rose to prominance as part of the team orchestrating the craft's seven minutes of terror landing on Mars.
Since we went the musician route last year with Thomas Dolby, how about Mark Zuckerberg? I have been fascinated by that man ever since I saw the movie, "The Social Network," as well as a "60 Minutes" interview with him. That speech, alone, would be worth the price of admission, in my opinion.
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.