The world of manufacturing and the soldier seem very far apart at first glance, but they both operate in uncertain and rapidly changing environments. The workforce goes to work, while the military goes to war. Thankfully, in the work environment, people do not often die, but companies can fail and people’s livelihoods can be destroyed through bad decisions.
Reinforcement learning is a technique, common in computer science, in which a computer system learns how best to solve some problem through trial-and-error. Classic applications of reinforcement learning involve problems as diverse as robot navigation, network administration, and automated surveillance.
Researchers in the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering have developed a new noninvasive system that allows people to control a flying robot using only their mind. Here's a look at the new robot and the system that makes it work.
The accused in a chocolate price-fixing case could face a bitter fate if convicted — millions of dollars in fines for the companies and potential jail time for the individuals.Canada's Competition Bureau said Thursday it is laying criminal charges against Nestle SA's Canada arm, Mars Inc.'s Canada division and ITWAL Ltd., a network of independent wholesale distributors.
Safety exits were blocked at the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co. plant and managers neglected to hold required safety drills or worker education, State Administration of Work Safety head Yang Dongliang said in a statement posted Friday on the administration's website, confirming workers' accounts.
Activist investor Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management Inc. are formally urging Dell shareholders to reject a buyout offer from the struggling PC maker's founder and investment firm Silver Lake Partners. Dell Inc. has agreed to sell itself to founder and CEO Michael Dell and Silver Lake for $24.4 billion, or $13.65 per share.
Three business reasons — quicker, closer and custom — prompted computer maker Lenovo Group to open its first U.S. manufacturing operation in North Carolina instead of low-cost foreign locations like Mexico or China, its North American president said.
With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials. The revelations that the NSA is perusing millions of U.S. customer phone records at Verizon and snooping on the digital communications illustrate how aggressively personal data is being collected and analyzed.
U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs in May, a figure that shows steady hiring but is below the more robust pace that took place during the fall and winter. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent from 7.5 percent in April.
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, announced the release of StruxureWare™ for Water, a unique suite of applications that gives full visibility into energy, operation and process control across the entire water cycle.
Boston-based company Altaeros has developed a new wind power generator in the form of a giant balloon that they say will offer a cheap renewable energy alternative to communities that live off the grid. The inventors say this could be the future of wind power. Reuters' Ben Gruber has more.
European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht speaks about the European Commission's new tax on Chinese solar panel manufacturers and the possibility of a trade war. De Gucht talks about what this means for trade between China and the European Union.
The U.S. government says older model SUVs are at risk of catching fire in rear-end crashes. The recall is based on what government experts say is a deadly fire hazard that has left an estimated 51 people dead. It's a recall that could cost Chrysler hundreds of millions of dollars.
The company's "Moto X" phone will be made at a Fort Worth, Texas, facility. With labor costs rising in China pretty dramatically, companies like Motorola are losing incentive to produce goods overseas.
Siemens PLM Software has implemented a new application based approach to product release, simplifying how manufacturers adopt Teamcenter® software, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management system. The new approach separates Teamcenter applications from being dependent on a specific version of the larger Teamcenter platform.