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Boeing, Robotic Cheetah, France

Dated: 19 Sep 2014
Posted by Christine Chan
Category: Business Model, International, Security, Technology
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Boeing: The head of Boeing’s defense unit, Chris Chadwick, is preparing a road map that would concede the fighter market to Lockheed and pin the business’s future on other aircraft, including military versions of its commercial jetliners. With defense revenues down from 56% in 2003, to 38% in 2013, the company is at a crossroads, sitting between their legacy portfolio, and a reshaping portfolio.  Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney told investors in July that keeping defense and space revenue around $30 billion a year requires replacing the lost fighter revenue by winning contracts such as a new long-range strike bomber, a proposed Air Force trainer jet and the Navy’s UCLASS carrier-based drone program.  Additionally there is a drive to build more software products, emulating the technology industry’s effort to balance sales of hardware.

Robotic Cheetah: MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah — a sleek, four-legged assemblage of gears, batteries, and electric motors that weighs about as much as its feline counterpart. While a bit slower, in experiments on an indoor track, the robot sprinted up to 10 mph, even continuing to run after clearing a hurdle. The MIT researchers estimate that the current version of the robot may eventually reach speeds of up to 30 mph.

France: French President François Hollande announced that the country’s first airstrikes in Iraq destroyed an ISIS logistics center on Friday morning. The French airstrikes are the first addition to U.S. military action in Iraq against ISIS.  Meanwhile, the United Kingdom said it would help arm Kurdish forces, support the Iraqi government, keep supplying humanitarian help and coordinate with the United Nations to battle ISIS.

Your Smartphone Doubles as a Supercomputer

Dated: 12 Apr 2013
Posted by David Osgood
Category: Business Model, Technology
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Chances are your smartphone is idle much of its life. Why let all that computing power just go to waste?

Professor David Anderson, of UC Berkeley, wants to tap into that unused processor to do some science! Network computing is anything but new, however tapping into all the Android devices in the world could allow for some serious work to get done.

Anderson is testing the latest build of an app called BONIC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing)  that will utilize the untapped CPU and GPU of your smartphone. The data will be used in projects to map the stars searching for pulsars and black holes, among other scientific endeavors.

BIONIC will only run when your phone is plugged in and connected to a Wi-Fi signal so you don’t crush your battery or data cap. It will be interesting to see what the adoption curve of Android network computing might look like, but with the number of devices out there, even a small fraction of them tied together could equate to Supercomputer power.