We have so many problems in this country that are not addressed humanitarian-focused engineering should start here, in this country. I am always amazed that problems in the US are overlooked to help the survival of people in other countries. I am an engineer and I have seen the homeless people and families in our inner cities. I am also amazed when our universities sit in the middle of "bad" neighborhoods. It doesn't make any sense to me, that these venerable academic institutions are not partnering with their communities to make our world a better place in our own backyards.
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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.