Engineers are going to have to adapt to the changing engineering practice expected in the future, says a new report by the National Academy of Engineering. According to the book, The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century, individual engineers will have to become more involved in all sectors of society as well as help the public deal with uncertain dilemmas such as climate change, spread of disease, and ethical decision-making for new technologies. The study, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, NEC Foundation of America, SBC Foundation, Honeywell International, and the National Academy of Engineering Fund, also has a free book available that outlines these issues at http://rbi.ims.ca/3852-522.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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