Objective Force Warrior is a new program initiated by the U.S. military forces. One of the program's primary goals is development of high-tech tools for soldiers to use on the battlefield. "With Objective Force Warrior, the Army wants to stretch the bounds of technology, but still have something that is feasible and can be built," says George Fisher of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Concept teams at the lab include engineers, biologists, and writers. Technologies under consideration for inclusion in new soldier gear include better communication devices, advanced situational awareness software, chemical and biological detection and protection systems, and advanced weapons. For more information, go to www.ornl.gov.
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.