The job outlook doesn't look terrific for the coming year, at least according to statistics published by the American Management Association (www.amanet.org). Nearly two-thirds of business execs surveyed forecasted that their U.S. workforce would either remain the same or decrease in 2003. On average, those who reported a downsizing estimated a loss of 7.8% of their workforce. Top reasons for eliminating jobs: Organizational restructuring (44%); Lower demand for products (40%); and improved efficiency (31%). There's good news, though: 89% of execs say that they plan to give raises and bonuses to their employees this year.
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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