We’re all told that social networking is next wave of interaction between collagues, but now there’s Yammer. I’ve checked and and it looks like it could be pretty useful for engineers. It’s secure chat within your enterprise based on one simple question made famous by Facebook: “What are you doing right now” except Yammer asks “What are working on right now?” It’s a great way to exchange posts, images, ideas and links all within your own company Yammer network. In aggregate the discussions can be saved and accessed. In the process, the discussion create a knowledge base. The basic service is free, but companies can pay for administered networks that could conceivably supplant exspensive and internal e-mail servers (can you say Exchange?).
It sounds like a nifty tool for engineering collaboration. And it’s frighteningly simple and could get that social networking monkey off your back. Check out the demo (Yammer calls it a “tour”).
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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