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Future of Manufacturing

When we are unable to find what we need in nature, we make it. This in-depth report examines new technologies, materials and methods shaping the future of fabrication

  • April 22, 2013

Yes, Robots Are Coming for Our Jobs--Now What?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Erik Brynjolfsson explains how technology has affected economic growth and productivity--and how human workers can adapt

March 8, 2013 — Seth Fletcher

Need a Hug? Baxter the Human-Friendly Robot Debuts at M.I.T.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Baxter stayed behind in the lobby of the M.I.T. Media Lab, diligently picking up miniature boxes of Junior Mints and teacup candles and putting them in a pumpkin-shaped plastic bucket, as most attendees of Technology Review 's Emerging Technologies (EmTech) conference here filed into the main auditorium on Wednesday morning.Don't feel bad for Baxter, though, it was simply performing the picking and placing operations it had been programmed to do.

October 24, 2012 — Larry Greenemeier

Plastic Electronics Cease Stretching Credulity

An experimental electronic plastic's liquid-metal interior keeps electrical connections intact even after the plastic stretches to more than four times normal size. Larry Greenemeier reports

July 6, 2012

Mobile Apps Offer 3-D Printing Via the Cloud [Video]

As 3-D printing has matured over the past decade, the process has proved an effective way for artists, entrepreneurs and academics to produce custom-designed parts and prototype models.

April 29, 2012 — Larry Greenemeier

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