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By Michael Chorost

After Michael Chorost all at once misplaced what used to be left of his listening to, he took the novel step of getting a cochlear implant -- a tiny computing device -- put in in his head. A technological wonder, the gadget not just restored to him the realm of sound but additionally may be in many instances upgraded with new software program. regardless of his intitial worry of the technology's almost certainly dehumanizing results, Chorost's implant allowed him to connect to others in excellent methods: as a cyborg, he realized approximately love, joined a writing crew, and shaped deeper friendships. extra profoundly, his notion of the realm round him used to be dramatically altered.

Brimming with perception and written with appeal and self-deprecating humor, Rebuilt unveils, in own phrases, the stunning chances of a brand new technological age.

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Once the funding is available, S&T tasks must be executed to provide the technology basis for the acquisition programs, usually a multiyear step. Thus, planning the S&T program must include long-range forecasts of factors such as technology needs and scheduling for the acquisition programs that may apply the resulting technology. The preceding discussion was necessarily abbreviated; however, the point is that, in a fiscally constrained environment, achieving the best balance between Air Force S&T and other demands within a specific top line budget is a complex problem.

Without specific applications . . fundamental knowledge and understanding . . related to long-term national security needs . . farsighted . . involve pre-Milestone A efforts” and “Invention begins. . 1 budget managed by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (the basic research arm of AFRL) is primarily one of “technology push,” not necessarily directed toward a specific military application. 1 funding goes to the nation’s universities and colleges, so it has the very important additional benefit of helping to build the pool of scientists and engineers (S&Es)—an important consideration, since the Air Force continues to face a shortage of S&E personnel (see Chapter 3).

Consider, for example, aeronautics, which encompasses all of the disciplines needed for flight, including avionics, software, communications, automation, human factors, navigation, control, propulsion, structures, materials, aerodynamics, and systems engineering. Together, the Air Force and NASA provide most of the funding for university and industrial research in aeronautics, collectively subsidizing aerospace education and technology. They also perform most of the in-house government aeronautical research.

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