Our next live online chat will commence on Friday 14 March 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (1:00 p.m. Eastern Time). You'll have to work out your local time from these clues (you can always use this handy-dandy Time Zone Converter).
Your host will be Max Maxfield, and our guest will be Michael Barr, CTO and Co-Founder of the Barr Group. As Michael says: "Embedded software can be dangerous, even lethal." In this week's live online chat, Michael will be available to answer questions on such topics as Therac-25 (a radiation therapy medical device that massively over-dosed 6 patients from 1985-87), the Patriot missile defense system's deadly failure to intercept a Scud on February 25, 1991, and Toyota's issues with unintended acceleration.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.