It’s official: Those who haven’t yet embraced YouTube, Facebook and BlackBerries are out of touch.
In the past week, the Chicago Tribune and numerous other news outlets have reported that President Barack Obama is still using his Blackberry, having worked out an arrangement that lets him keep the device despite the concerns of security advisors. Thus, Obama reportedly becomes the first sitting president to use e-mail.
More surprising than that, however, is the fact that the Vatican announced last week that it has launched its own channel on YouTube to keep viewers up to date on the activities of Pope Benedict XVI. Media reports have estimated that his videos already have hits numbering in the tens of thousands. Newspaper stories have also said he has “nearly 28,000 fans on a FaceBook page named in his honor.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that Pope Benedict’s YouTube presence is hardly a surprise. Prior to latest technology announcements, the Vatican had solar panels installed on some of its buildings. Pope Benedict also has denounced pollution as a “modern sin.”
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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.