Proves once again that nothing in this business is "forever": back in the late 70s, early 80s, Japanese DRAM companies dominated the industry and process technology, Congress had hearings about how Japan would take over tech as a result and dominate forever, and Intel looked at the numbers nand made a brave step to get out of the business, realized couldn't compete with Japan, and decided to invest elsewhere (in uPs)--Andy Grove said it was the hardest and best decision Intel ever made. NOw the same mega-industry in Japan is in very bad shape. And DRAMs aren't doing too well in general.
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.