Greetings avid Linux fans and welcome to Crystal Ball Sunday #9: Intelligent Control. By Intelligent Control, I mean using artificial intelligence programming for the next generation of automobiles, manufacturing, air traffic control, environmental systems, handicapped person devices and prosthetics, and perhaps the most inspiring of all: Robots. Intelligent systems have been around for years in video games and some of the other applications mentioned above but the future of those systems lies with Linux. Linux is the new Intelligent Platform for developers, integrators, and adopters alike. The operating system itself will likely become an intelligent system. In the near future, …

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Early in September, NASA implemented new software controls on the Hubble Space Telescope, allowing it to shut down one of the three remaining gyroscopes, reserving the third gyroscope for later use. By doing this, scientists hope to extend the Hubble's mission through mid-2008. Gyroscopes are rotating mechanisms that remain fixated on a point in space. In space, scientists and Hubble operators need to maintain three dimensions -- up / down, left / right, and in / out. Thus, mission rules require the use of three units pointing at different locations to know where the telescope "is", and which direction it …

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