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Could scanning a QR code be an invitation to malware? Zapp2Photo/Shutterstock.com

Can you be hacked by the world around you?

Scanning physical items constructed with nefarious intent can introduce malware into a smartphone or computer.
Technology can help workers in many ways. Romero, Stahre, Wuest, et al.

Introducing ‘Operator 4.0,’ a tech-augmented human worker

People will still be needed on factory floors, even as robots become more common. Future operators will have technical support and be super-strong, super-smart and constantly connected.
University students experiment with human-robot interaction and autonomous manipulation, two elements of manufacturing’s future. Nikolaus Correll

To really help US workers, we should invest in robots

Today, the U.S. is leading the robotics revolution. But without timely investment, China will overtake us, and could permanently put Americans out of work.
A solid, non-working Colt 1911 static model by TaylarRoids is printed on a household printer; is this a digital blueprint? Richard Matthews

The legal minefield of 3D printed guns

3D printing still exists in a legal grey area. This area is slowly being defined as courts prosecute the first cases but, is current copyright and criminal law keeping up with the technology?
A computer design for home manufacturing of a receiver, the trigger and firing part, of a semi-automatic rifle. simonov/flickr

3D printing: a new threat to gun control and security policy?

Beyond making guns at home, 3D printing could help countries secretly develop nuclear weapons and terrorists stage more effective attacks. How do we protect innovation and ourselves?
Innovating with 3D printing offers huge promise, such as these 3D-printed microscopes. SynBioSRI/Flickr

Early days of internet offer lessons for boosting 3D printing

3D printing is opening doors to amazing opportunities and benefits – as well as some undeniable dangers. Patience and caution about regulating it will yield more innovation.
Robotic construction of Lunar and Martian infrastructure using 3D printing. Contour Crafting

Want to build a moon base? Easy. Just print it

Why carry building materials from Earth into space, when we can build structures by 3D printing using materials found out there?
All 18 bricks assembled perfectly. © - Only use with this story Adar Hacohen

Self-building 3D printed bricks hint at future without assembly lines

A new study has shown that high frequency vibrations can cause bricks to self-assemble into a larger 3D cylinder, a finding that may one day help do away with the need for assembly lines.

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