There will be plenty of good jobs out there in a flat

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There will be plenty of good jobs out there in a flat world for people with the knowledge and ideas to seize them. You have to constantly upgrade your skills.
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The World is  Flat ? So… Is the world really flat? If it is, what are you doing to prepare for it? When the world becomes so flat and so many more people can collaborate, and compete, with you?
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Challenges for 21st Century Engineers Increasing pace of technological innovation The World is Flat Integration of Distributed Technology Changing demographics, expanding social infrastructure Environmental concerns increasingly important Meeting the Challenges
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Integrative Biology Tackling two Grand Challenge research questions: What causes heart disease? How does a cancer form and grow? Together these diseases cause 61% of all UK deaths Will build a powerful, fault-tolerant Grid infrastructure for biomedical science Enabling biomedical researchers to use distributed resources such as high- performance computers, databases and visualisation tools to develop complex models of how these killer diseases develop.
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Foundations of Collaboration Strong commitment by individuals To work together To take on communication challenges Mutual respect & mutual trust Distributed technology To support information interchange To support resource sharing To support data integration To support trust building Sufficient time Common goals Complementary knowledge, skills & data
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Challenges for 21st Century Engineers Increasing pace of technological innovation The World is Flat Integration of Distributed Technology Changing demographics, expanding social infrastructure Environmental concerns increasingly important Meeting the Challenges
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Support Ratio Forecasts 2000-2050 Ratio of 20-64 Year Olds to 65+ 2000 2050 UK 3.7 2.1 Italy 3.4 1.4 USA 4.8 2.8 China 8.8 2.4 Korea 9.0 1.7 World 7.8 3.6 ____________________ Source: UN Medium Variant
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Future Trends in the deterioration of age ratios Poorer pensioners Later retirement ages Higher taxes Higher savings Higher medical expense Life Science
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Challenges for 21st Century Engineers Increasing pace of technological innovation The World is Flat Integration of Distributed Technology Changing demographics, expanding social infrastructure Environmental concerns increasingly important Meeting the Challenges
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Hong Kong suffers Chronic Air Pollution
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Resolve air pollution in Hong Kong People cannot choose the air they breathe, but they can choose cleaner and more efficient energy sources for home heating and cooling, transportation, and appliances. Carpooling, recycling, maintaining automobiles, and insulting homes can make a big difference.
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  • Spring '10
  • Various
  • World Trade Organization, Technological Innovation

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