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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Closing the Loop

From the Edge Foundation.  A Conversation with Chris Anderson.  I have worked with process control systems that are closed loop, and designed to be ...  We have many in our lives,  but many are hidden, from the lowly thermostat to ambient computers that continually wait for our commands.  In some cases its very obvious when the loop is closed,  but in most computing systems it is not. You should be able to tell if you map the process.

In the Edge: 
Closing the loop is a phrase used in robotics. Open-loop systems are when you take an action and you can't measure the results—there's no feedback. Closed-loop systems are when you take an action, you measure the results, and you change your action accordingly. Systems with closed loops have feedback loops; they self-adjust and quickly stabilize in optimal conditions. Systems with open loops overshoot; they miss it entirely.

Chris Anderson is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. He is the former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine.  ..... "     Podcast and text ... "

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