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Boeing Brings It With Software Fix of the 737 MAX Franchise

Aviation gets a major technological upgrade.

That should be a no-brainer for vehicles meant to fly high in the sky with a bunch of humans. Think about it. This is where technology really should play a massive role in the development of excellence, safety, efficiency and more, but the fact is Boeing has a lot of hoops to jump through with respect to U.S. regulation.

The Issue Is the Boeing Automated Flight Control System

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Who knew people would be a little iffy about that? Planes that can fly themselves? Who needs pilots? After all, everyone's going crazy over self-driving vehicles, machine learning and automation -- smart cities and self-lacing sneakers. But planes? Why are people iffy about that??

It's a plane -- in the sky. Combustion. Pressure. Danger. Anyone see Apollo 13? That's up in space, of course. But for all intents and purposes, people pay money to fly on a plane, and if something goes wrong with a system designed to fly on its own, honey, we have problems.

So naturally there will be some hoops to jump through. But all in all, this makes the aviation industry quite the hotbed for technological advancement, plus pilots will have quite the easy job in flying these suckers in and out of clouds, plus landing.

In the past five months, of course, Boeing has been under major scrutiny -- with two deadly crashes to answer for. Washington lawmakers undoubtedly and understandably want to know what's up as the crashes may have been caused by those same automated systems.

Currently the FAA (Federal Aviation Industry) hasn't approved the anti-stall upgrade and other software fixes just yet. But if Boeing keeps pushing for it, they'll get exactly what they want. The question: will we be ready to get on a plane that could potentially fly us into a freakin' mountain?

And Here We Have Another Story About How Technology Plays a Major Role in Safety

More importantly, bear in mind this important fact: our pilots do matter. They need the training necessary to not only monitor those systems, but to take over when necessary. Machine automation only goes so far: the rest have to be taken care of by us. Wouldn't you agree?

Extra computer training: not only do our pilots need to know how to operate a plane, but they also need to know how to work with a complex computer system -- almost IT style with troubleshooting experience. This is doubly important given the fact they'll be thousands of miles in the air with a computer system that could crash, randomly, and they just can't call up the help desk and submit a "ticket."

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Thankfully Boeing Will be Getting Their 737 (and Counting) Pilots Trained in Computer Tech

That and some serious modifications, tweaks and new best practices in place -- long story short, we have an entire industry evolving from the ground up, for good reason. It's too ensure we don't ever have nasty crashes like this happening again. Those were the days when the random crash occurs because the pilot's drunk or sleepy. Now crashes are occurring because tech's faulty.

Anyone want to go flying? I'll still fly. Plenty of safety measures in place. And I believe in technology. Do you? SIGN UP FOR A VIGYAA ACCOUNT AND BECOME A TECHNOLOGY INFLUENCER WITH YOUR OWN OPINION and be sure to CHECK OUT THE DATA DRIVEN INVESTOR FOR MORE INSIGHTS





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Is an OLED screen worth it?

OLED monitors tend to have faster pixel response times and better contrast ratios, although their very high prices make them much less accessible than ordinary LCD monitors.

As such, we do not yet recommend purchasing an OLED monitor, as a high-quality LCD monitor will be fully capable of providing a satisfying experience at much lower prices.

OLED technology has been around for a while, but it's only just starting to break into the monitor and TV market. Even so, screens using this technology remain few and more importantly - they are expensive.

So what is the reason for the exorbitant price of most OLED monitors, and what are their advantages and disadvantages compared to ordinary LCD monitors?

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OLED vs LCD display technology

Whenever you see a screen marketed as an “LED” monitor, it usually means an LED LCD screen. To be more specific, it uses LED backlighting, but it's the LCD technology that does most of the work.

On the other hand,

OLED technology has no active backlight. Instead, each pixel is independently lit and works as its own light source.

This has many implications for the quality and performance of a screen.

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Contraste OLED vs LCD

OLED screens have been present in smartphones for a long time.

In fact, Samsung’s first Galaxy S phone used OLED, although the technology was much less refined at the time.

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For years, smartphone users have debated the merits of the LCD vs OLED display, and everything that can be said about it also applies to larger displays.

OLED displays can achieve much higher contrast because they can display true black by simply turning off pixels.

On the other hand, any screen with active backlight cannot completely block the light, so that black is displayed in dark gray. Certainly, some panels (like VA) are better for displaying blacks, but they still don't match the OLEDs in this department.

Speaking of backlighting, there is a common problem that LED LCD screens to call bleeding from the backlight. When this happens, some of the light “bleeds” on the screen, leading to inconsistent blacks.

This can happen either as irregular white spots (so-called "clouds") or as visibly brighter areas at the corners or along the edges of the screen.

Since OLED displays do not use active backlighting, they do not have this problem. Overall, OLED wins hands down in this regard.

Observation angles

A viewing angle determines the width of the angle from which the display can be viewed without any visible loss of image quality. As you move outside the specified viewing angle of the screen, the color distortion begins to become visible.

OLED screens have excellent viewing angles, mainly because there is very little space behind the screen for the light to diffract.

The situation with LCD screens is a little more complicated since the viewing angles depend mainly on the type of panel used. So, for example, a good IPS panel can easily match the viewing angles of an OLED, while a TN panel can't even get close to it.

OLED color reproduction

The most remarkable and often the most marketable quality of a screen is its ability to dazzle the viewer with its vibrant and realistic color reproduction.

In most cases, OLED and LCD screens are on flat ground in this regard.

However, as with viewing angles, the color accuracy of an LCD screen depends mainly on the panel used. IPS and VA panels tend to have excellent color reproduction, while colors produced by TN panels tend to look quite washed out.

HDR is a display technology with a simple goal: to make the displayed image appear as close to reality as possible. This is achieved by creating a more realistic contrast and producing a more intense light.

Now, as we have already determined, OLED definitely has the advantage in terms of contrast. However, LCD screens can still hold on by having a more powerful backlight. Both technologies are quite capable of producing good HDR, so, once again, we have a tie.

Performance - Refresh rate and response time

Well, first of all, you'll be happy to know that modern OLED displays are quite capable of achieving such high refresh rates. In addition, their theoretical limits are very high, so that they could reach even higher refresh rates one day, but this is not necessary.

As for response times, they literally overwrite LCD screens as they can have response times as low as 0.1ms. During this time, the fastest TN panels cannot go down to 1ms.

We are inclined to give the OLED focus, mainly because of the much faster response times.

OLED vs LCD screen price

And now the big question - is an OLED screen worth it?

As we said before, OLED displays are very expensive and will remain so for the foreseeable future. More importantly, it is not only that they are expensive, but that they are of questionable value. Their only concrete and the tangible advantage is their superior contrast.

That said, we will have to give this round to the LCD screens. A good LCD monitor will be more than capable of equaling an OLED in terms of visual quality and performance.

Conclusion Should we buy an OLED screen?

Overall, we do not yet recommend purchasing an OLED display.

As is often the case with (relatively) new technologies, it takes time to perfect them and to truly penetrate the market. Do you remember when the first 4K TVs started to roll out and cost thousands of euros?

Now you can get a 4K TV for less than € 300. Not really a good 4K TV, but a 4K all the same.

It will be the same with OLED in the years to come. Manufacturing processes will improve, the technology itself will improve, and prices will eventually fall to more affordable three-digit numbers.

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