Oh the things we can do with electricity: we can make lasers, huge slingshots, and even chopsticks. Surely these practical innovations make it clear what engineers spend their work days doing. Nope, according to economists, what engineers do on a day-to-day basis is a mystery, but somehow it results in the side effect of productivity. Weird. Happy reading.
To get from solving motorcycle flywheel fatigue cracking to nuclear fusion, you just need to follow the science. Well, actually, the science as known by old-timer gold miners. If only they had had access to lasers…
Cycle World, January 2022
Why burn rocket fuel when you can just throw a satellite into orbit instead? The launch device actually acts like an old fashioned slingshot. That’s got to be gentler on an expensive satellite than firing it out of a canon right?
IMechE News, February 2021
Apparently, "until recently, the truth about what engineers really do" was not widely known. Then economists determined that they increase company productivity. "It's likely company managements may not fully appreciate what their own engineering workforce does for the bottom line." Forget the details; focus on the bottom line.
Design World Online, April 2022
It’s good for the environment to electrify things right? Apparently these chopsticks mildly electrocute the food just before you put it in your mouth. That sounds safe. The experiment also involved eating soup with chopsticks, but somehow that wasn’t the impressive part.
New Atlas, April 2022