Instrumentation in the Next Decade

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Science  18 Oct 1985:
Vol. 230, Issue 4723, pp. 286-291
DOI: 10.1126/science.230.4723.286


The progress of instrumentation and measurement science in the next decade will be marked by three major trends. First, as the average instrument achieves a rather considerable level of intelligence, "dumb" systems will become the exception, and we will eventually begin to become proficient in exploiting the resulting capabilities. Second, more sophisticated understanding of measurement science and of actual measurement needs will drive instrumentation design advances such as miniaturized sensors and yet more "hyphenated" instruments and "mapping" instruments. Third, the combination of sensor-based instrumentation and microminiaturization will make possible distributed measurement by allowing point-of-use measurements by nonexperts.