Thursday, December 26, 2013

Simple Science: Dissertation on Computer Planning

This is a post in our Simple Science Descriptions series of pieces written with the Up-Goer Five Text Editor restricting writers to the ten hundred most used words in English. It's harder than you might think! Send your entries (preferably under 350 words) to jeanyang [at] mit [dot] edu.


Computers have a hard time figuring out what to do when there is a change in the problem they are working on.  My work allows computers to think about possible changes that may happen in order to see which changes should be planned for ahead of time.  Then when a change happens, the computer will already know what to do.

This can be used in many situations in which change happens a lot, such as driving a car, flying things, managing power (the 'Smart_Grid'), or controlling things.

- Robert Holder, Senior Computer Scientist

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