Despite stories of perks and innovative workplaces, thousands of blue-collar workers at major companies, including Tesla and Facebook, say they are overworked and subject to intense pressure for little pay. The disconnect between how white-collar and blue-collar workers are treated and compensated could define the future for major technology companies, and may even define their future working conditions, Sarah Kessler writes.
Long fiber-optic strands incorporating thousands of sensing points are being developed to measure strain and temperature along vast expanses of infrastructure. Researchers at Spain's University of Alcala and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are working on the technology, which could be used to detect changes in structures as measured by alterations in light moving along the fiber.
Software developers who work on vehicle technology need to make their products compatible across all platforms and reinforce consumers' expectations for over-the-air updates, writes Hunter Jensen, CEO of Barefoot Solutions. "For most car manufacturers, moving forward with the IoT mindset isn't a choice -- it's a necessity," he writes.
Samsung Electronics introduced the production-ready ARTIK 053 module, featuring an ARM Cortex-R4 core running at 320 megahertz. The module is aimed at internet of things applications in building products, connected home appliances, health care devices and industrial automation.
The internet of things has the potential to provide many benefits to public agencies, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. Logistical challenges to widespread IoT use include power and security concerns.
Improve computer-aided design and manufacturing capability to interface digitally, then work toward having a single database to fully realize the concept of digital manufacturing, Dave Turbide writes. Seek enterprise resource planning solutions that include product lifecycle management, field service and warranty tracking for best results, he writes.
The best US community colleges have prepared students for academic and career success, write Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University and a former governor of Indiana, and George Miller, who represented California in the US House from 1975 to 2015. In this commentary, they share what some community colleges have done to build pipelines to the workforce, including developing business partnerships and creating simulated work programs.
The need for technical workers is outpacing the rate at which US colleges and other institutions can provide career-ready students, a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine finds. The health care and manufacturing industries are among the most challenged, and public-private partnerships could be a way to close the skills gap, the academies state.
AECOM plans to hire 3,000 skilled workers, engineers and architects over the next half year across the US and Canada. The new hires will focus on public infrastructure projects as well as those involving the environment and energy.
Google has announced a new initiative that it says will help employers and job seekers connect with one another. Google for Jobs will allow job seekers to pull listings from all over the internet and apply for positions with a single click, says Google CEO Sundar Pichai.