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Time and Turing

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Alan Turing’s genius as a mathematician was recognized in his day for his ability to solve the most sophisticated encryption algorithms of the Second World War.  The team…

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Energy and the Balance of Power

Sunday, January 4, 2015

  In modern times the backbone of the industrialized world is energy. While electricity is the dominant form of energy for manufacturing, the dominant form of energy in…

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Man and Machines

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Machines are systems that convert energy and do work.  Machines come in large classes that can be sorted by industry and activity.  Transportation systems such as cars, trains,…

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Rise of the Machines?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Artificial Intelligence is a major software technology that has been under development for decades.  As with many forms of technology, the current hype around artificial intelligence doesn’t really…

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Electric Motor Application

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The electric motor is all about creating an inexpensive conversion of electrical energy into mechanical energy possible.  Being the “cheapest” often overrules being the “most cost effective” or…

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Design Integration

Sunday, November 2, 2014

There are a number of definitions for the word ‘design’.  A broad definition is based on conceiving or planning something.  The object of the design could be anything,…

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Industrie 4.0 is really Work 7.0

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Work is what we do to feed, clothe and house ourselves.  Work in the last 100 years has changed so dramatically that it may not be recognizable as…

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What the buzz about Industrie 4.0?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

It sounds impressive, has a lot of doctors of philosophy signed on as it’s originators, and it’s imported from Europe.  Industrie 4.0, note the German spelling, very fancy,…

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Energy and Getting Stuff Done

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Electricity in the modern age is taken for granted.  Yet our technological society is incredibly dependent on it.  Everything we do requires electricity to control, communicate or actually…

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Machine Control

Sunday, August 24, 2014

During his Keynote speech at the 2014 NI Week, founder Jeff Kodosky posed some interesting challenges to our assumptions about programming languages.  In his talk about the future…

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