The robot was perched over a bin filled with random objects, from a box of instant oatmeal to a small toy shark. This two-armed automaton did not recognize any of this stuff, but that did not matter. It reached into the pile and started picking things up, one after another after another.
Volkswagen, the German auto giant, is preparing for a swift expansion in its output of electric cars next year - and the biggest jump in production will be in China. General Motors is making China the hub of its electric car research and development. Renault-Nissan, the French and Japanese carmaker, and Ford Motor have hustled to set up joint electric-car ventures in China.
Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans. It was not, she says, the most stimulating activity. And lifting the bins, which often weigh 25 pounds each, was also tiring over 10-hour shifts.
The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement sputtered forward on last week as officials from the United States, Canada and Mexico concluded their second round of talks with plenty of pleasantries but little major progress to announce.
Europe's human rights court this week limited the ability of companies to read employees' email, overturning an earlier ruling that seemed to give them broad leeway in monitoring workplace communications.
Global business tycoons and politicians from 48 countries committed to ending human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery last month at a landmark gathering of high-profile leaders in the Australian city of Perth.
The Galaxy Note 7 met an untimely demise last year after dozens of the Samsung phones overheated or exploded. So Samsung has taken extra steps to make sure the Note 7's successor does not suffer the same outcome.