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    Default What would you want microchips to do?

    Note microchips don't need to be confined to computers or wireless transceivers....

    To help expand what is thought about:

    MEMS Technology

    Wireless sensor networks

    Radio-frequency identification

    Networked control systems

    But of-course don't place any limits on your imaginations...

    We can worry about practicality/implementation in another thread...

    Anything really...

    implementation related, whatever...

    No Takers?
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    I have a few ideas:

    1. Drive a car.

    2. Make strategies, plans, and inferences based on new information. (To act as an adviser, help people interpret data, etc.)

    3. Lock/unlock doors automatically when recognizing certain people.

    4. Locate anything I've lost based on a verbal description of it.

    5. Locate and kill insects in my home.

    What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    I have a few ideas:

    1. Drive a car.

    2. Make strategies, plans, and inferences based on new information. (To act as an adviser, help people interpret data, etc.)

    3. Lock/unlock doors automatically when recognizing certain people.

    4. Locate anything I've lost based on a verbal description of it.

    5. Locate and kill insects in my home.

    What do you think?
    Well, not entirely far fetch to have systems that do these things. The of the functionality we can fit on the chip, the more profit we can make.

    1) DARPA Grand Challenge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    2) General Problem Solver - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    3) Facial recognition system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    4) If you implant an RF-ID in everything you want to track, and keep a central tracking console in the den (or someplace). Is that good enough?

    5) We'll have to modify a bunch of Roombas to vacuum up insects in particular. Can modify it with heuristics of where insects like to hide. Then the roombas can just continually vacuum those areas. How does that sound?
    This also seems like an application for swarm robotics.

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    I want mine to make toast and pay my bills.

    Such bull. But we can't even rely on a microcontroller alone to do all that.
    we fukin won boys

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    Make me money.

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    Run virtually for ever on a tiny power source, perhaps even from ambient heat. That way I can have "permanently on" PDAs or hiking GPS etc without worrying about size and batteries.

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    I've always liked the idea of microprocessors doing science - that is a computer forming and testing its own unique series of hypotheses.
    I know this is not really a unique idea, in fact it is inevitable for the further development of the complex sciences.

    But just imagine real time analysis of a majority of the chemical processes in a cell!

    Geoff - fortunately, some people are working on just that. It also has lots of potential in biological applications.

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    Politics and law.

    That way we can have the executions and not have to worry. Sorted.
    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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