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December 11, 2014

The Power Of 3D Printing

In the 1980s, most tech geeks were still busting their brains over how to develop personal computers and entertainment consoles for the masses. Little did the public know that in addition to the green MS-DOS screens and 8-bit video games entering the market, three decades later developments taking place behind the scenes would revolutionize the worlds of industry, craft, and art.

3D Printing’s Bulky Beginnings

In 1984, a man named Chuck Hull of 3D Systems Corporation invented the basis for 3D printing software. It had the ability for users to design objects on a computer and digitally “slice” them into extremely thin layers. This STL file format allowed special [...]

 
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October 31, 2014

PillPack Is The Pharmacy Of The Future

Let’s face it: pharmacies suck. There’s really nothing good about the experience as it exists today. But Massachusetts startup PillPack is changing that. It’s the first pharmacy truly dedicated to the customer experience.

The company has a physical pharmacy in Manchester, NH that can ship medications to 41 states. They don’t ship individual pill bottles, though—everything is sent in pre-sorted packets organized and labeled by date and time. They arrive on a roll in a dispenser, making it easy for people to stay on track. On Monday at 8 a.m., you just grab the packet labeled for that time and take the pills inside. The planning has been done for [...]

 
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October 25, 2014

Will Artificial Intelligence Threaten The Human Race?

I’ve always been fascinated by artificial intelligence and concepts like the technological singularity. I’m all for the development of technology to improve the human experience, but when potential side effects come into play, it’s important to stop and think.

When it comes to artificial intelligence, the idea that a machine can learn and develop a sort of “consciousness” is cool on the surface. There’s no question that that sort of tech would benefit us in big ways—disrupting markets in all industries. But what happens when the technology advances beyond human intellectual capacity and control?

Tesla’s Elon Musk discussed this [...]

 
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October 3, 2014

Tim Cook Reflects On The Third Anniversary Of Steve Jobs's Death In Email To Employees

Apple CEO Tim Cook emailed all of Apple’s employees this morning to reflect on the upcoming third anniversary of the death of Steve Jobs. “Steve’s vision extended far beyond the years he was alive, and the values on which he built Apple will always be with us,” Cook wrote.

Here’s the full email, via employees of Apple:

Team,

Sunday will mark the third anniversary of Steve’s passing. I’m sure that many of you will be thinking of him on that day, as I know I will.

I hope you’ll take a moment to appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better. Children learn in new ways thanks to the products he dreamed up. The most [...]

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