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Headlines for the Next 50 Years : Plastics Technology

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As micro-molding gives way to "nano-molding," processors will need creative answers to the problems of handling flyspeck-sized parts. Farms may replace oil wells as the source of new plastics. Biopolymers made from cornstarch or other renewable feedstocks will supple-ment petrochemical-derived polymers in a wide range of applications. What if you could change the color of every part right at the machine? Instant color changes may be part of the coming era of "mass customization."


Robot CEO: Your next boss could run on code

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At the time it was predicted that it might take another hundred years until computers would beat top human players at the boardgame Go. But a few days ago, Google's AlphaGo beat the world's champion Go player in a five-game series. Business books and management consultants commonly list six functions that a CEO is responsible for: determine the strategic direction, allocate resources, build the culture, oversee and deliver the company's performance, be the face of the company, and juggle with everyday compromises. Human managerial decisions will switch focus to the "why" rather than the "how" as data-driven decisions slowly creep from scheduling to resource allocation to performance measurement and reporting, and finally to daily management tasks.


Robot CEO: Your next boss could run on code

#artificialintelligence

At the time it was predicted that it might take another hundred years until computers would beat top human players at the boardgame Go. But a few days ago, Google's AlphaGo beat the world's champion Go player in a five-game series. Business books and management consultants commonly list six functions that a CEO is responsible for: determine the strategic direction, allocate resources, build the culture, oversee and deliver the company's performance, be the face of the company, and juggle with everyday compromises. Human managerial decisions will switch focus to the "why" rather than the "how" as data-driven decisions slowly creep from scheduling to resource allocation to performance measurement and reporting, and finally to daily management tasks.