In this political climate any spending, even justified, will hit a stoned wall specifically government grants. The voices are against any evolvement of the government in free enterprise. I personally need a minimum of $50k of grant money and for 2 years I cannot find it. Private enterprise will not look at highly risky investment and even the noble cause of fighting breast cancer will not convince anyone.
Getting the bill passed can only be the begining. It will make more than that to push the boundaries of technology and innovation. At this time, the price of higher education is so high that we have to think more than twice to go back to the school. And during this economic time, the job market uncertainty also deter going back to school.
I want to also comment on the limits of voice recognition. My daughter told me that the Rosetta Stone program on the school's computer "doesn't like" her voice. Something about it does not register clearly with the software. It doesn't make it altogether useless, but it does limit some of its utility.
You've nailed it. As much as we need something done, the two parties are at such odds right now, I don't think any worthwhile bill will get passed. We are getting ready to start a new year and it would be great to have a new bill passed to help make 2012 a forward moving year. A year we could make some real movement towards putting the recession in our past. Unfortunately all 2012 is going to bring us is more mudslinging and political ads as the parties try and fight over the presidency.
"we have to remember the reason we got into the field of engineering and technology development -- to make the world a better place". Yes this is true.
But the focus is on jobs now (short term goal!), because it is the reality of millions of Americans who are in survival mode. Many cannot say with certainty how they will eat the next meal, or where to lay their heads. That truely is unfortunate in the USA.
The immediate need of many is to fulfil these basic needs, hence job focused. Creativity comes after you have met basic physiological and safety needs. The peace of mind that this affords is what brings the creativity juices flowing. Longterm goal therefore is to keep hope alive and keep the dream of that new producct design.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.