The question “what is embedded?” continues to plague many of us, even those who are deep in the throes of the technology. At a recent ESC Advisory Board meeting, we asked the question there, and no two people offered the same answer.
It's sometimes easier to make a point using a negative. For example, could you imagine a world without embedded technology. Probably not. If that were the case, we'd be without:
• Computers–of any kind
• Vehicles as we know them today
• Any type of aircraft
• Most white goods
• Cell phones
• The Internet
In fact, most of our industries would not be doing business the way they do it today without embedded technologies. And yet, a vast majority of the general population will have a perplexed look on their face when you ask them “what is embedded?”
Keep in mind that there's no need for everyone to understand how these systems work; just how to use them as a tool to increase productivity. As long as we don't forget the huge impact embedded technologies have on the global economy and how much easier they've made our lives. And don't forget the developers, designers, engineers, and programmers who are the brains behind the technology!
Richard Nass is editorial director of TechInsights. He can be reached at .