It’s not just a small world, it’s getting a lot smaller. And for manufacturing, small will be BIG. In 10 years, a Motorola blogger predicts, “the total value of manufactured goods that make use of nanotechnology is estimated to be in excess of $2.5 trillion.” The GE Global Research blog has a fascinating story, with stunning photo, about a breakthrough in self-assembly technology, in which non-oxide ceramics assemble themselves with “exquisite morphological control down to the nanometer scale.”
Verizon‘s Poliblog warns of dire consequences of net neutrality, a legislative proposal to regulate the Internet: “The Internet is a highly adaptive and competitive environment… Legislating or trying to impose regulations in this environment makes no sense and could do harm.” The Cox Communications blog, Straight Talk, agrees: “the marketplace–not legislation–should be the arbiter of what’s best for consumers and for the Internet’s future.” The National Association of Manufacturers also opposes net neutrality.
The Fast Company blog, commenting on a Financial Times article, observes that China has declared war on imports of foreign luxury goods. Soon enough, the blogger predicts, realizing that the best defense is a good offense, the Chinese will create their own luxury brands to compete with the Pradas and Louis Vuittons of the world.
Just six months after its launch, Dell’s Direct2Dell blog reports receiving 1.5 million page views per month. Noting that so far only 8 percent of Fortune 500 companies have blogs, Dell rejects the advice from some blogging enthusiasts that companies should communicate with the public exclusively with blogs, touting instead a combination of blogging and traditional press releases.
The Alticor blog announced that its Fulton Innovation subsidiary has launched a new technology, eCoupled, which charges electronic devices without using wires. Alticor also blogs about Quixtar, its subsidiary for Internet-based small business entrepreneurs, being ranked fifth in a customer satisfaction survey of on-line retailers.
Metamaterials, artificial materials with electromagnetic and optical properties not found in nature, will transform the computer and telecommunications industries, says another Motorola blogger. Cloaking devices, they’re not just for Romulans anymore.
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