Corporate Surveillance 4

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we are not going to sell any of this information to third parties," says a Comet spokesperson. ROBOT WHEELCHAIR CLIMBS STAIRS I magine a sleek wheelchair with two pairs of midsize wheels on a swivel. Imagine approaching a curb, or even, stairs, and being able to swivel repeatedly up the stairs. Imag- ine sitting in the supermarket, hitting the "stand" button, and swiveling up on two wheels to reach the top shelf. This describes the IBOT, a self-pro- pelled chair on wheels that knows, using gyroscopes and microprocessors, how to keep its balance. Invented by Dean Kamen, the IBOT is now in clinical trials prior to approval by the EDA. Johnson & Johnson has invested $50 million in developing the Indepen- dence 3000 IBOT Transporter. Avail- ability by prescription is projected for 2001, at about $25,000. THE BOSS KNOWS Corporate surveillance of employee email is rising: • 27% of major U,S, firms check employee email, up from 15% in 1997. • Fewer companies that monitor email are telling their employees they are
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