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+ - Nissan unveils concept car with robot

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Nissan Pivo 2 is a successor to the Pivo which was unveiled way back in 2005. Like its predecessor the three seater electric car has wheels which can turn 90 degrees for easy parallel parking and a cabin which can revolve 360 degrees eliminating the need to reverse. The car comes with a robotic agent which can engage in Japanese / English coversation with the driver and provides a unique interface through which to communicate with Pivo 2 on everything from basic vehicle functions through to the nearest available parking."
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+ - Paid to do nothing?

Submitted by djupedal
djupedal (584558) writes "Are you paid to do nothing? Were you hired to do nothing?

Are you paid, yet you don't do any work? This is for anyone, except of course those collecting job benefits. I'm talking about those that come into work and hang out and do nothing whatsoever productive, but still receive regular performance reviews, generic corporate emails and a routine weekly/monthly salary. Maybe you don't even have to show up at the office.

I have a friend who is going on six months since he was asked to do any type of work, yet his (not meager) salary keeps being automatically deposited and the only time anyone from the office checks on him is to make sure he is still alive. How long has it been since you had an assignment or participated in an active project, etc.? What do you do with your time? How long do you think this type of ghost position can continue? Is this a dream job or an ethical burden?"

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