Engineers already know firsthand that their jobs are being outsourced overseas, but wonder what President Bush is hearing for advice on what to do about it? The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report in January on information technology manufacturing and competitiveness, called "Sustaining the Nation's Innovation Ecosystems." The report details U.S. vulnerability in the innovation sector, and the emerging Asian strength in innovation due largely in part to government support. To read the report, go to this website: www.ostp.gov/pcast/FINALPCASTITManuf%20ReportPackage.pdf.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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