Want to get a CEO's dander up? Say his company could be sold to a competitor. The dander is up at UGS PLM Solutions, which parent company EDS is considering selling. There was an initial public offering last October. But since then, there have been rumors that a competitor would buy the company. Not so, says John J. Clendening, the company's senior vice president of marketing communications. EDS is only talking to private equity firms and IPO underwriters, not competitors. Expected price EDS expects to get: more than two times the subsidiary's 2003 revenues of approximately $900 million.
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.