For those of you considering try-outs for "Who Wants to
be a Millionaire?" you'll want to bookmark SciTech Daily for its trivia value
alone. But you'll get so much more at www.scitechdaily.com .
SciTech Daily is a potpourri of links and information. There is news from around the world, a comprehensive listing of technology publications, plus a nice choice of a variety of "techie" sites. The links and materials change daily, but there are three main sections—Features and Background, Books and Media, and Analysis and Opinion.
On the day we reviewed the site, there were articles on: NASA robotics technology that could clean up maritime paint removal; how holograms will be storing movies, pictures, and computer data much sooner than anyone thinks; the world's largest parafoil soaring in a test where it carried the equivalent of NASA's six-person X-38 Crew Return Vehicle; and an "instant-on" memory device that could eliminate the need for hard drives.
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.