Self-healing” engines that are “contextually aware.” Engines that can “think for themselves” and are “comprehending.” Are these concepts purloined from science fiction? Well, no, they’re described in a Rolls-Royce white paper on the new Pearl 15 turbofan. Citing the Pearl’s Engine Health Monitoring System (EHMS), Rolls-Royce says the engine “harnesses its digital capability to make intelligent decisions.” The objective, ...

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