The rumors of IBM's exit has leve less to do with a lack of innovation or technological advantage and more to do witht he company's overall business strategy. They have been getting out of more and more markets and contracting as a result. It's possible that they will stay in the chip business and fight it out, but I wouldn't count on it with the direction things have been moving in gradually.
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.