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Dream Jobs 2010: Hiroko Ohmura, Keyboard Maestro

At Yamaha, in Japan, Hiroko Ohmura dreams up the electronic keyboards of the future

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The gleaming grand piano looks like others I've seen. But with utmost politeness, Hiroko Ohmura informs me that I'm mistaken. With that, she attacks the keys, and the notes of Beethoven's Sonata No. 8 in C minor, the famed “Pathétique," fill the vast auditorium. I'm entranced. When she's finished, she points inside the ebony cabinet: There are no strings; the sound comes from an array of speakers.

“You like the music?" she asks. Reaching below the keyboard, she removes a USB thumb drive from a small control panel. “You can take it with you."

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The Aftershocks of the EV Transition Could Be Ugly

To avoid unintended consequences, bring realism to the table

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CEO of Dodge Brand standing on a podium next to a Dodge Charger Daytone SRT concept all-electric muscle car. Behind him a giant screen displaying the sentence: The Rules Have Changed.

Tim Kuniskis, CEO of Dodge Brand, Stellantis, introduces the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept all-electric muscle car on August 17, 2022 in Pontiac, Michigan.

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The introduction of any new system causes perturbations within the current operating environment, which in turn, create behavioral responses, some predictable, many not. As University of Michigan professor emeritus and student of system-human interactions John Leslie King observes “People find ways to use systems for their own benefit not anticipated by designers and developers. Their behavior might even be contradictory to hoped-for outcomes.”

“Change rides on the rails of what doesn’t change,” King notes, “including people being self-serving.”

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A World-Class Tech MBA on Your Own Schedule

Purdue University offers professionals around the world a flexible, STEM-focused, all-online MBA from a top-ranked business school

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A Master of Business Administration degree can be a passport to broader career horizons—especially for ambitious young (and young-ish) engineers.

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