The machines are coming! As Arthur C. Clarke predicts in 2001: A Space Odyssey, intelligent machines are with us and will become ever more intelligent as time progresses. The speed at which new technology develops also will accelerate, spawning new designs, materials, production techniques, repair methodologies and robotic tools. One of the prime beneficiaries will be aircraft safety, driven by onboard systems that not only monitor but accurately predict when worn or underperforming ...


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