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Toyota Exec on Robo-Cars: ‘Not Even Close’
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1/6/2017   Post a comment
Although honesty in corporate presentations at the CES is typically not treated as the best policy, Gil Pratt, Toyota Research Institute CEO, bucked that trend and leveled with his audience here about the real future of autonomous cars.
Toyota Suddenly Accelerates Fuel-Cell Race
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1/9/2014   (3) comments
Toyota announced at CES that it will put a mass-market hydrogen fuel-cell car on the road in 2015.
When Shangri-La Decides to Secede From China
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5/9/2013   (10) comments
Westerners who paint China as a land of opportunity fail to see the precarious foundation it rests on.
SEC Poised to Endorse Corporate Hypocrisy (Again)
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5/2/2013   Post a comment
Companies, bless their stony hearts, are telling their shareholders that they can take their concept of open information and shove it.
Japan’s Semiconductor Malaise... & Sumo
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4/24/2013   (11) comments
What does the Japanese DRAM business have to do with sumo wrestling? More than you'd think.
The Gap Between Politics & Common Sense
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4/18/2013   (11) comments
Like the casual baseball fan who doesn’t understand the infield-fly rule, normal voters – with bigger fish to fry – don’t enjoy the arcana of politics.
Price of Freedom Is Higher Than Minimum Wage
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4/11/2013   (7) comments
An economic model that places the lowest possible value on its highest-value component -- the toil of human beings -- is bad news for everyone.
The Costs & Perils of an Underpaid Labor Force
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4/4/2013   (5) comments
Offshoring to low-wage countries isn't slavery, but it's not good for capitalism either.
My All-Time Dream Lovers. Who Are Yours?
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3/28/2013   (11) comments
Take this water-cooler diversion: Who are your top beauties, male or female?
America: Rich? Broke? Or Maybe Just 'House-Poor'
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3/21/2013   (13) comments
Both the federal government and the average family survive, thrive, and serve the greater good by embracing the concept of a substantial and prolonged deficit.
Tickets to Mars, Starting at Only $500,000!
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3/14/2013   (6) comments
The big red planet looms large in the imagination and big government can help.
Rust Belt Reflections
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3/8/2013   (5) comments
A politician's vote echoes through a lonely, dying part of the country.
Who Is That Dame & Why Is She on TV?
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2/26/2013   (2) comments
One-time HP CEO Carly Fiorina is back in the public eye. Why is she talking about politics?
Want Energy Innovation? Think Tarpaper
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2/19/2013   (9) comments
Often the best solutions attack the problem by coming through the side window.
How to Save Money in Washington? Ask Gibbs
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2/8/2013   (8) comments
If government really wants to reduce the deficit and debts, it could look in some areas where programs are currently being duplicated.
The Perils of Moral Confusion
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1/30/2013   (4) comments
EBN's favorite myth buster goes off topic to tackle the question of morality, equality, and fairness in our society.
USPS: Courier Extraordinaire
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1/23/2013   (4) comments
The US Postal Service continues to deliver great service even though it's been hobbled by Congressional mandates.
Spectrum: The Invisible Grand Canyon
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1/11/2013   (1) comment
No free market anywhere operates prosperously without the benevolent massage of government regulators, and TV spectrum isn't different.
Need a Reminder? Prohibition Doesn't Work!
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1/3/2013   (29) comments
Prohibition has been tried many times for various things, but it's never been an effective deterrent to something society doesn't like.
Is Apple Second Rate Without Jobs's Star Power?
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12/19/2012   (40) comments
Can Apple, under the conventional leadership of Tim Cook, launch a second renaissance as the company every other company wishes it were?
The 'Ponderous Chain' That Keeps Jobs Overseas
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12/11/2012   (7) comments
It was easier, it seems, to move the electronics supply chain to Asia than for companies like Apple to bring it back to the US.
Shadowed by Process Rather Than Substance
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12/5/2012   (4) comments
The truth about economic, political, and other world events is often clouded by failure to grasp the full implications of such developments.
Death of the News
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11/27/2012   (10) comments
News isn't a product, nor is it reliably popular enough to generate the sales that assure profit and reward insatiable shareholders.
It Pays to Advertise, or Doesn't It?
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11/21/2012   (22) comments
Apple's huge growth creates the view that advertising has become superfluous, and the 2012 election campaign reinforced this perception.
The Rise & Fall of Tom Thumb
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11/13/2012   (3) comments
With the emergence of touchscreen tablets, the era of the blazing thumb -- and its ignorant prose style -- might be declining.
Who Are Those Guys?
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11/5/2012   (3) comments
Companies do a lot of things in the name of shareholders, but often, executive actions benefit only management and not investors
Hurricane Sandy, Eat This!
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10/29/2012   (37) comments
Hurricane Sandy barrels towards New York, but New Yorkers aren't worrying to much about it, as our resident blogger affirms.
The Unattainable Computer
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10/22/2012   (17) comments
There are few machines in current vogue that respond intuitively to human purposes in human terms, and Windows 8 is not an exception.
The Romney Tax Plan in Short Form
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10/10/2012   (2) comments
It isn't really that complicated explaining presidential contender Mitt Romney's tax plan, and someone should have spelled it out.
The Anti-Science of Anti-Regulation
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10/2/2012   (2) comments
Governments and companies clash frequently on business regulations, as demonstrated by recent developments in the oil and gas industry.
'Market Forces' Can't & Won't Protect Public Interest
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9/24/2012   (18) comments
Public interest cannot be protected by market forces, as demonstrated in the failed results of self-regulation in many industry sectors.
You Can't Tell a Candidate by the Resumé
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9/18/2012   (8) comments
The history of the US presidency shows the most successful leaders cannot be determined solely on the content of their curriculum vitae.
Can Corporate Hands Guide Public Education?
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9/12/2012   (16) comments
Evaluating teachers using ratings systems used by businesses sounds right, but even corporate records may not support this strategy.
Labor Day or Arbor Day: Who Cares?
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9/4/2012   (15) comments
When union leaders can't count on almost two-fifths of their members, it's safe to conclude that organized labor ain't organized any more.
What the Apple-Samsung Case Wasn't About
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8/27/2012   (6) comments
Apple won against Samsung because of its innovation and not because it invented the wireless phone. That credit belongs to others.
The Politics of Business Responsibility
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8/23/2012   (6) comments
Businessman/politicians who seek to embrace both Adam Smith and Ayn Rand are deluding themselves – and the electorate.
The Paradox of Corporate Cleanliness
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8/13/2012   (2) comments
Imagine how things might look if we matched the cleanliness profile of a company's head office with that corporation's pollution record.
Banking Gloom
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8/7/2012   (2) comments
In order for the economy to rebound strongly, banks will have to resume traditional financial services, but it doesn't seem likely.
Why Manufacturing Matters
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6/14/2012   (12) comments
Anyone who doubts the link between production and technology knowhow should recall the hard lessons of American TV and steel manufacturers.
Counterculture: Slash & Burn May Not Save HP
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6/11/2012   (12) comments
Is HP being properly served for long-term growth as it prepares to lay off almost 30,000 employees, or will it come to rue this decision?
Where Did the Money Go?
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5/15/2012   (10) comments
US companies and the investment class are hoarding and wasting much of the productivity gains that fueled the economy's growth.
Flying the Dysfunctional Skies
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5/9/2012   (21) comments
Problems in the US airline market are hitting, not just passengers, but also businesses in the high-tech and manufacturing sectors.
Shrinking Steve Jobs Back to Human Scale
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5/3/2012   (15) comments
Tech buyers have canonized late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, but, in time, even this larger-than-life character will begin to look more human.
Contrarianism of the Ostracized Engineer
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4/30/2012   (21) comments
Why do so many engineers, despite their rigorous training, tend to be anti-liberalism and sometimes even reject the theory of climate change?




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