by Chris Rommel
Cyber-physical systems (CPS) have gained widespread acceptance within the factory automation and manufacturing environment, and as this trend develops, CPS will begin to appear in everyday life. Presumably beginning with automobiles, these systems will reshape the way we interact with the physical world. Driverless cars, remotely connected household appliances, and centrally connected personal day planners are just a few of the early instances of CPS that consumers will see. As techniques from the manufacturing floor begin to find acceptance within everyday life, the computer and software systems that control them will need to evolve as well. Current computing and process algorithms will become more automated as the need for systems to make deliberate and deterministic decisions increases. These advances in computational techniques to control cyber-physical systems could lead to technological breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, increasing productivity and the standard of living for all.