A fact buried deep in Bosch Rexroth Corp. CEO Berend Bracht’s presentation about the worldwide outlook for 2008 blew me away. Canada has lost 400,000 manufacturing jobs during the past five years. Think about it: At barely over 33 million, Canada’s population is about one tenth that of the U.S. Proportionately those jobs have a much bigger than what’s happening in a much more dynamic U.S. economy. That said, when you you lose your job, you don’t much care where you are.
Indeed, a report just out from Toronto-Dominion Bank says "tens of thousands" in manufacturing are being lost to stiff competition and the U.S. recession. The report says 130,000 Canadian manufacturing jobs disappeared in 2007 alone. Especially hard hit are the provinces of Quebec and Ontario.
Two things strike me: why is this dire situation largely ignored by the U.S media? And next time you’re slamming NAFTA, think about our brethren north of the border. They’re hurting, too.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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