The University of Michigan — through its School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) — has published the proceedings from the school's May 2007 National Summit on Coping with Climate Change. The event — the first of its kind in the U.S. — focused on helping the U.S. prepare for the impact of climate change. The book captures the ideas of top environmental leaders regarding national adoption strategies to climate change. The 256-page proceedings contains keynote speeches, transcripts of breakout sessions and panel discussions.
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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.