The push to erase what's called the digital divide is moving forward quickly as computer makers and others bring out inexpensive PCs designed for school children in underdeveloped regions. Companies producing Intel's Classmate PC are ramping up for production, with an expected starting price somewhere between $200-300. The competitor to the One Laptop Per Child program employs a 900 MHz Celeron CPU, also offering wireless networking. A color screen and rugged design should help children in emerging markets compete with those growing up in regions where computers are commonplace.
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
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