People who work in high tech aren't normally in the running for People Magazine's Fifty Most Beautiful People—obviously they have much more important priorities. But we're dismayed to hear technology in general being called downright unattractive. It ranked second on the list of "unattractive" industries in the latest Lending Climate in America Survey done by Phoenix Management Services. The only other group deemed less attractive by the nation's banks and finance companies is startup companies. Nearly two thirds of lenders responding to the poll gave technology a negative view. "These new statistics are indicative of a 'so what' attitude. Technology is simply not relevant to most lenders now," says E. Talbot Briddell, Phoenix president. After giving the economic outlook a C grade for the preceding three quarters, lenders predicted only a D+ level through mid-year.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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