It’s official: Those who haven’t yet embraced YouTube, Facebook and BlackBerries are out of touch.
In the past week, the Chicago Tribune and numerous other news outlets have reported that President Barack Obama is still using his Blackberry, having worked out an arrangement that lets him keep the device despite the concerns of security advisors. Thus, Obama reportedly becomes the first sitting president to use e-mail.
More surprising than that, however, is the fact that the Vatican announced last week that it has launched its own channel on YouTube to keep viewers up to date on the activities of Pope Benedict XVI. Media reports have estimated that his videos already have hits numbering in the tens of thousands. Newspaper stories have also said he has “nearly 28,000 fans on a FaceBook page named in his honor.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that Pope Benedict’s YouTube presence is hardly a surprise. Prior to latest technology announcements, the Vatican had solar panels installed on some of its buildings. Pope Benedict also has denounced pollution as a “modern sin.”
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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