People who work in high tech aren't normally in the running for People Magazine's Fifty Most Beautiful People—obviously they have much more important priorities. But we're dismayed to hear technology in general being called downright unattractive. It ranked second on the list of "unattractive" industries in the latest Lending Climate in America Survey done by Phoenix Management Services. The only other group deemed less attractive by the nation's banks and finance companies is startup companies. Nearly two thirds of lenders responding to the poll gave technology a negative view. "These new statistics are indicative of a 'so what' attitude. Technology is simply not relevant to most lenders now," says E. Talbot Briddell, Phoenix president. After giving the economic outlook a C grade for the preceding three quarters, lenders predicted only a D+ level through mid-year.
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.