Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
Depends on how long of a future you need to proof against, but I'd imagine jobs requiring human interaction and contact will be among the last to go. PT's, masseuses, and psychologists are probably fairly safe for the next fifty years.
Becoming a physical therapist will be a great way to make a living off all the utopians who are injuring themselves with increasingly bizarre sports, plus you'll get to use the latest and greatest exoskeletons at work.
Industrial Control System Firms In Dragonfly Attack Identified
I hadda look this one up.
New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist
... they're called Class \m/ stars.
Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced
...am looking forward to Andy Serkis' mocap performance of Jar Jar's light saber seppuku.
A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream
I think 3D printing as we know it today is likely to remain in the realm of the hobbyist for the foreseeable future. BUT... at $300 a pop this new printer's going to open up the process to a lot more hobbyists who might be scared off by a MakerBot's monster price tag.
A printer like the M3D would be put at a price point where it wouldn't be unusual to find one at an elementary school. I could see this becoming a great educational tool.
Tesco: 3D Printing Will Come To Supermarkets 'Within a Few Years'
I could see cake decorations being printed on-demand in your local supermarket. Dad likes Game of Thrones? Print him a cyvasse set and put it on his birthday cake.
3d printing with sugar is well on its way to becoming a mature technology already, so yeah, a few years and I wouldn't be surprised to see it at the bakery.
Elon Musk Shows His Vision of Holographic Design Technology
This video is some great gee-whiz showmanship, which gets Joe Sixpack excited about technology and maybe sells a few more Tesla cars a couple years down the road.
But man, I'd hate to try and design anything by holding my hands in the air for six or seven hours a day.
Might be cool for next-generation Kinect-style gaming though.
Mastermind of 9/11 Attacks Designs a Secret Vacuum Cleaner
...his design sucked.
Thank you! I'll be here all week. Try the veal.
Sarah Thee Campagna Makes Robot Sculptures (Video)
I was kind of hoping for an artist that uses robots to creat traditional sculptures, maybe some combination of CNC and sensor data and 3D printing. That would have been a coolburger drenched in awesomesauce.
These are great little sculptures made from high-tech yard waste, but they're not really robots in any meaningful sense of the term.
Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview
That's pretty cool. One of the things that needs to happen for 3D printing to become commonplace is to take it out of the realm of specialized software and just make it a mundane action one does with a computer.
Click, print. Heads up Apple, Microsoft is preparing to drink your milkshake on this one.
MakerBot Merging With Stratasys
I think that FDM printing is going to go the way of the dodo pretty fast. It's slow, imprecise, and prone to messy failures. I say this as someone who owns a Replicator1 and a Printrbot Simple, both FDM printers.
I think it's more likely that this purchase is going to let MakerBot start competing in, and eventually dominate the hobbyist/prosumer stereolithography space, currently being owned by the resin-based FormLabs Form1 printer, with the b9Creator and mUVe1 hot on its heels.
That is, provided Stratasys shares some of its stereolithography knowledge with MakerBot. Enclosing the build space is rearranging deck chairs on a T. Rex while the mammals are evolving thumbs.
The Turbo Entabulator: A 3D-printed Mechanical Computer
We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.
Hats off to the designer.
Amazon Delivering Groceries? It's Coming, Thanks To Sales-Tax Politics
"Oh, very clever, Worf. Eat any good books lately?"
Dreambox: the World's First 3D Printing Vending Machine
I'd say the most useful item made by 3d printing was probably that trachea they printed for a sick kid a couple of weeks ago.
Dreambox: the World's First 3D Printing Vending Machine
I think this is great. Sure, the 2013 Dreambox is only going to print you a piece of plastic crap. But they've got to start somewhere, and they're first in the space. That counts for something, haters opinions notwithstanding.
At the rate we're going, the 2017 Dreambox will be able to print you a functional circuit board to go with your plastic, and that's when things get really, really interesting.
But for now, yeah, plastic crap. Stay tuned.
Pitcher-Turned-Law Student On Cheating In Baseball
I've been trying to download this "baseball" game all morning and all every website I visit just shows me a bunch of sweaty dudes in pajamas.
They're using wooden controllers (!) and even worse, they're outside. Is this a beta? wtf
3-D Printable Food Gets Funding From NASA
The geometry of food has an effect on how we perceive taste, so it wouldn't shock me if chefs to specialize in molecular gastronomy started experimenting with novel structures once 3d food printers become commonplace.
A thousand quatloos to the first person to design creme bruleé shell with the texture of cotton candy, 3d printed in a popsicle form factor.
California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated
I'd like to thank middle-class crypto-anarchist Cody Wilson from Defense Distributed for ensuring that idiot politicians of every stripe try to clamp down on the most promising new manufacturing technology in a decade.
Nice job! Love the plastic zip gun you made, kid.
Perceiving Robotic Industrial Arm Inches Toward Autonomy
That second video is just great. The robot really looks like it's an animal trying to figure out how to get at the box.
It makes me wonder if we can get some Pixar animators to work on these robots when it comes to human interaction. I'd love to see a robot arm look all dejected when it can't figure out the problem, and then sheepishly ask its meatbag handler for help.
Why Self-Driving Cars Are Still a Long Way Down the Road
I think we'll probably see self-driving cars in congested, relatively low-speed environments like inner cities before they're screaming down the highway at 75mph.
The first robot taxi company is going to make a mint when they integrate a smartphone taxi-summoning app with their robo-chauffeur.
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