While geeks may be the dudes (and dudettes, I know, Not PC...) may be the ones who control the world, they are also the ones who put out those stupid OS's that drive us nuts and also put out the update to Android that breaks the phone app, creates conditions for lockups and generally drive us nuts on web pages that are changed, but not improved.
Back in about 1963 I read a reference to circus geeks, which upon much closer examination was referencing those people who did the hard labor of setting up the tents and rigging for a traveling circus. While they were certainly willing and able to do the hard work, and often not very sociable with non-circus folk, they never appeared to me to be burdened with "excess intelligence", although they certainly did seem to know what their jobs were.
So I suspect that the word geek is one of those whose meaning has been changed over the years by chronic misuse, usually promoted by the "news" media.
Rich, I was going to make some serious comment agreeing with you that engineers are the creative ones in the science and engineering world. Then the propellor hat came out and I had to laugh. I like that it is battery powered. Shows progress.
Nice video, Rich. I thought "geek" had lost its pejorative slant. My daughter and her friends proudly call themselves geeks. Maybe someone should tell Wiki. BTW, it's great to see the propeller hat has gone electric. Mine is still acoustic. Rats.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.