According to a study conducted by the branding firm Landor Associates, 58 percent of the general population doesn't care if the products they buy are environmentally friendly. This group doesn't care about green practices such as recycling, corporate social responsibility or natural and organic ingredients.
Only 25 percent of respondents consider themselves "green interested," meaning that while members of this group are concerned about the environment, they are not active in its defense. The remaining 17 percent consider themselves "green motivated," meaning they feel it's very important for a company to be environmentally responsible.
Green-motivated consumers base their purchase decisions on whether or not a brand reflects green behavior in its packaging, ingredients and corporate practices.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.