Yes, Elon Musk's SpaceX story would be a good idea for a biography, Rob. Which reminds me, I'm told that the Astronaut Farmer was supposed to be a pretty good engineering movie. (I haven't seen it, though.)
Thanks Jon, I will definitely watch Azorian being an engineer i am too much into engineering movies no doubt flight of Pheonix and No Highway In The Sky are one of the best engineering movies. But i would like to share that BRIDGE ON RIVER KWAI is also an excellent engineering movie for civil engineers it shows how the British prisonors during world war 2 were ordered to construct a bridge in order to acomodate a railway under the supervision of Nicholson.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.