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AI Is Summoning Demons

October 28, 2014 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence – as it might summon “the demon.” Musk expressed these concerns in a recent interview at ...   

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Benefits of Modular Construction: It’s Like Big Legos

October 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Matt Ball, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

In this age of automation, the traditional model of constructing homes and buildings — where materials arrive at the project site and are cut and erected by skilled specialists — is being more closely examined due to the waste, complex ... 

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How Do We Make the Breast Pump 'Not Suck'?

October 29, 2014 9:16 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

While new mothers are heavily encouraged to breastfeed, the obstacles they face in order to do so after returning to work are many. Breast pumps, as they exist now, do not aid in further encouragement; rather, they greatly ...   

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Recall Madness Explodes with Defective Air Bags

October 28, 2014 9:44 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Defective parts are creating bad press and hurting the bottom line for the auto industry, so car companies are being more diligent in announcing recalls. It feels like there is almost a daily announcement of some risk of fire from bad wiring ...

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Hackers & Deathmobiles in the Age of IoT

October 27, 2014 9:52 am | by Editor | Comments

In some circles discussions on the future of the industrial IoT (internet of things) reminds me of a clip from Animal House. I’m thinking of the scene where Kevin Bacon is trying to tell everyone to remain calm, but is literally flattened by the ...

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Potential Polish for Payment Card Policy

October 24, 2014 10:49 am | by Alan Nicol | Comments

Recently I wrote about how draconian policies to gremlin problems sometimes create more problems than they solve. Let’s explore an alternative method to the common checklist-of-points to ensure the intent of a policy is fulfilled with more ...

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Probabilistic Finite Element Analysis Improves Safety, Reliability of Design

October 24, 2014 10:39 am | by Bhaumik Dave, Sr. FEA consultant, Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services | Comments

It is inevitable for design engineers to adopt a probabilistic design approach to devise equipments, considering invariability and uncertainty of equipment failure. The present deterministic design approach neglects the failure risks associated ...

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From Wearables to Implantables to…What’s Next?

October 22, 2014 10:04 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Some time has passed since the Apple announcement of the company’s “iWatch” (at least as of the time I’m writing this) and all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it. Unfortunately, from the mobile healthcare aspect, it was ...

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4 Ways Businesses Can Learn from U.S. Army Safety Practices

October 20, 2014 9:28 am | by Chad Storlie, Author, Combat Leader to Corporate Leader & Battlefield to Business Success | Comments

In the US Army, leaders and soldiers at all levels constantly plan, rehearse and act to do dangerous activities as safely as possible even while under dangerous conditions. In the US Army, dangerous conditions are a factor and not an excuse to ...

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What Is the Internet of Things & What Does It Mean for Design?

October 17, 2014 11:08 am | by Diego Tamburini, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

Is the tech buzz around 3D printing giving way to a new-media darling? Sure looks like it. What is the Internet of Things (IoT) fervor all about? While the idea of connecting products such as mobile devices, TVs, and even refrigerators to the ...

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Education in the Sandbox: An Old School Innovation Approach

October 17, 2014 9:58 am | by William Lovell, CEO, c-Link Systems, Inc. | Comments

Times have changed since I was in Junior High School or Middle School. Prior to that during the summer I spent hours in the woods or sand pile when not helping on the farm or around the home. It was during this time I realized that being an ...

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Flexible Circuits vs. Traditional Printed Circuits

October 15, 2014 12:09 pm | by John Talbot, Tramonto Circuits | Comments

Because of their position in the worldwide printed circuit market, flexible circuits are still a mystery to a lot of electronic product developers. Questions are brought up frequently about their electrical capabilities ...      

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Thanks to NASA, Photo-Based 3D Modeling Is Set to Explode

October 15, 2014 10:18 am | by Matt Ball, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

Accurate 3D modeling of reality can be a difficult and expensive endeavor. High-end lidar imagers use remote-sensing technology to measure distance by directing lasers at an object and analyzing the reflected light. These instruments, which ...

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No One to Blame Because No One’s In Charge

October 15, 2014 9:37 am | by Alan Nicol | Comments

A recurring topic surrounding improvement business is the command for change, but with no clear path forward. These experiences are frustrating, undermine our trust in leaders and each other, and in the end, cost us a ...    

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The Skills Gap & Why We Need a Modern Rosie

October 14, 2014 9:19 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Comments

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24% in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing field is full of opportunities on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Manufacturers in ...

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Environmental Management Systems Standards: Opportunity Knocks

October 13, 2014 11:33 am | by Joe Bhatia, President & CEO, American National Standards Institute | Comments

According to a 2013 MIT Sloan Management Review study on sustainability and innovation, 70% of corporate respondents rated environmental issues as significant or very significant priorities for their organization. However, only half reported ...

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