Rob, Security is definitely a critical, but solvable, problem. This past week, there were massive attacks on websites using WordPress (popularized as a authoring/database solution for blogs). It's not an option to ignore security issues.
Now that plants are connected to EMS systems and supply chain partners, security has become a major issue. Gone are the days when the plant operated as an island. Talking to cyber security companies can make you dizzy with scenarios of attack both direct (from an enemy) or indirect (worms just floating around).
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.