Globalization of the economy has amplified the impact of technology on modern societies in ways that could not have been predicted. The connectivity provided by the Internet has generated new markets for products and services but has also made available labor that is often both educated and cheap. This is likely to have a profound impact on the distribution of wealth in both the developed and the developing part of the world and may, in particular, alter the socio-economic structure of countries where the general well-being of the population has been taken for granted. The role of engineers and the profession is critical for the sustainable development of our planet. The 21st century presents challenges as well as opportunities that will require a "new" breed of engineers. These issues and the impending actions that we need to take are discussed in this presentation.
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