Looking at the wide variety of robotic endeavors as well as real live functioning autonomous machines I begin to wonder if the future of these efforts belongs to the big, sophisticated, expensive machines or to the smaller, simple, ones. One example is the Stealth bomber that pencils out to about $1.5B a copy which was used in the first Iraq war. This second Iraq war relied more heavily (at least in the later stages) on drones that come in at about $5M a copy. So 300 drones equals one stealth bomber. Small, light, simple and (relatively) cheap versus big expensive and complex. Which would you bet on?
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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