I would love to see a debate between Nissan's Carlos Ghosn, a huge supporter of electric cars, and Toyota's Takeshi Uchiyamada, who recently said "the current capabilities of electric vehicles do not meet society's needs."
What about someone from NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover team--perhaps Bobak Ferdowsi, the mohawk coiffed engineer who rose to prominance as part of the team orchestrating the craft's seven minutes of terror landing on Mars.
Since we went the musician route last year with Thomas Dolby, how about Mark Zuckerberg? I have been fascinated by that man ever since I saw the movie, "The Social Network," as well as a "60 Minutes" interview with him. That speech, alone, would be worth the price of admission, in my opinion.
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.