Find of the Day: 08 July 2016

The visionary founder of Tesla and SpaceX is about to change life as we know it on Earth – and beyond.

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Mimicking nature’s most elegant designs has become a popular method for creating equally elegant robots (close, anyway) — but using nature’s raw materials, too? That’s what researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have done, creating a tiny light-controlled stingray with a solid gold skeleton that moves using reconstituted rat muscles. O brave new world!

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It’s no secret that products in the furniture industry generally are sold as a shell to house technology. That said, a few companies actually have launched technology products as integral parts of their solutions. As technology becomes a more integral part of the way we work, our industry will need to further consider its stance on technology and how its integration helps the industry stay relevant in the rapidly evolving workplace.

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A new PwC survey provides fresh and illuminating data on the burning questions of the day:  Are machines going to take over our jobs? And how much do we rely (or over-rely) today on machines, automation, and algorithms?

Experts are confident that machines are going to replace many workers. A much-quoted report from Oxford University has estimated that “about 47% of total US employment is at risk” for being fully automated. The machine threat to employment is even greater in developing economies—a  recent report from Oxford estimates that 77% of jobs in China and 69% of jobs in India are “at high risk of automation.”

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