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 Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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