I like this article a lot. One thing it points out is the variety of experience that is necessary in this field. That also means that older engineers like me will have a place. Young guys will not necessarily have the required experience levels in mutliple fields if only because of the time it takes to acquire.
This also means a certain level of dedication to the field will be required as well. I have always appreciated the variety in challenges that come laong with working in fields that blend more than a single discipline into the work.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.