Flatiron’s bid was the highest of the four bids at nearly $234 million and is proposed to take the longest at 437 days for a complete rebuild according to the release. As a result of these factors, both McCrossan and Ames/Lunda are protesting Mn/DOT’s decision, according to the Star Tribune. These protests are based on the initial requirements that Mn/DOT set out looking for the least expensive bridge in the shortest amount of time that fit the parameters of the technical score.
The Tribune also reported that the protesting bidders have to file with protest official Betsy Hayes, who will evaluate the situation and inform Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau of her findings; the ultimate decision for repeal or adjustment is up to Molnau. Also according to the Tribune, when entering into the bidding process, bidders agreed to comply with the protest process, which restricts their rights for retribution.
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.