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Robots As Pharmacists?

May 9, 2013 10:27 am | Videos

A robotic pharmacy at the UCSF Medical Center could be the next big thing for hospitals. The robot counts, dispenses and packages pills with perfect accuracy. Doctors at the Medical Center say the machine has been a game-changer – eliminating errors and mistakes.

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How Audi Sees The Future Of Cars

May 9, 2013 10:22 am | by CNN Money | Videos

We've seen a number of concept cars from Audi, but when will we be able get behind the wheel of a fully plug-in electric car from Audi? Audi of America president Scott Keogh talks about Audi's technological breakthroughs in plug-in and self-driving vehicles.

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MBT's Manufacturing Newswire - Training The Next Generation

May 6, 2013 6:23 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

In this episode of MBT’s Manufacturing Newswire, a lab to train the next generation of manufacturing engineers and designers, the answer to those flickering florescent tube lights, and delayed food safety reforms. We’ll also look at a brief look at the future of localized manufacturing, the latest manufacturing numbers, Microsoft’s plans for the future of Windows and unveil the airplane of the future. 

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BMW Factory Goes Green

May 6, 2013 12:41 pm | by NBC News | Videos

BMW's South Carolina factory goes green, by producing more than 40 percent of its energy on site, and gaining recognition from the EPA. BMW's changes makes more money and increases efficiency at the facility. NBC's Chris Clackum reports. 

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The Key To Growth? Race With The Machines

May 6, 2013 9:34 am | by Ted | Videos

As machines take on more jobs, many find themselves out of work or with raises indefinitely postponed. Is this the end of growth? No, says Erik Brynjolfsson -- it’s simply the growing pains of a radically reorganized economy. A riveting case for why big innovations are ahead of us … if we think of computers as our teammates. Be sure to watch the opposing viewpoint from Robert Gordon.

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The Man Behind The GoPro

May 3, 2013 9:57 am | by NBC News | Videos

In just a few years, Nick Woodman, 37, transformed his unlikely surfer's fantasy invention into the GoPro, one of the world's best-selling cameras. He talks to E!'s Jason Kennedy about turning his dream of capturing cool action footage into a reality. 

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The Death Of Innovation, The End Of Growth

May 2, 2013 12:35 pm | by Ted | Videos

The U.S. economy has been expanding wildly for two centuries. Are we witnessing the end of growth? Economist Robert Gordon lays out 4 reasons U.S. growth may be slowing, detailing factors like epidemic debt and growing inequality, which could move the U.S. into a period of stasis we can't innovate our way out of.

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Handmade In Detroit

May 2, 2013 12:14 pm | by NBC News | Videos

Willie J. Holley III and Lakishka Raybon, employees of the watchmaker Shinola, share their pride in creating watches by hand. Heath Carr, CEO of Bedrock Manufacturing, explains why it is important to be in Detroit, a city with a rich manufacturing history. 

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What If You Could Wear Your Smartphone?

May 2, 2013 10:30 am | by CBS News | Videos

CNET senior editor Scott Stein speaks to "CBS This Morning" about wearable smartphones, and how this new technology will change the industry. Stein talks about the evolution of the technology and what consumers should expect when the category offerings expands. 

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Who's To Blame For Bangladesh Tragedy?

May 2, 2013 10:00 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The collapsed building in Bangladesh which killed nearly 400 people was home to several garment companies producing inexpensive clothing. A number of Western labels and retailers used the factories once housed in the building and are now pushing to include building integrity in selecting factories. 

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GM CEO: Volt Will Be Profitable

May 1, 2013 10:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos

GM CEO Dan Akerson tells Fortune that the second generation of the Chevy Volt will be cheaper to make and profitable. Looking to the future, GM hopes to have a half million cars on the road with some form of electrification by 2017. 

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Boeing 737s Being Built At Highest Monthly Rate Ever

April 28, 2013 2:27 pm | by Boeing | Videos

The new CopaAirlines 737 symbolizes an important change in how the 737 is built. The world's best selling airplane, the Boeing 737, is now building at its highest rate ever. In Renton, Washington, the Boeing factory is now assembling 38 planes a month.

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Robot Swarms Seen As Guardians Against Future Threats

April 28, 2013 2:21 pm | by Reuters | Videos

Researchers at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta are programming robots to work together. The scientists believe that in the future, robotic swarms could play an important role in assessing threats at high profile events like the Boston Marathon where two deadly bombs went off last week. Reuters' Ben Gruber has more.

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Need To Repair A NASA Spacecraft? 3D Print It

April 26, 2013 10:03 am | by CNET | Videos

Engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center have begun experimenting with 3D printers for some spacecraft design. CNET's Sumi Das visits one of its newly open workshops, which is filled with state of the art equipment.

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Intel Ethernet For Industrial Protocols

April 25, 2013 9:59 am | by Intel | Videos

A robot hand that solves a Rubik's cube puzzle illustrates how a high-precision Industrial Protocol is implemented with Intel Ethernet, as opposed to a high-cost proprietary ASIC or FPGA. A PLC system running ProfiNet IRT with Intel Ethernet is connected to several industrial devices. 

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Technology, Google And The Digital Revolution

April 25, 2013 9:49 am | by NBC News | Videos

Google's Jared Cohen and New York City's Chief Digital Officer Rachel Hunt join the NOW panel to talk about the age of American innovation. The story of Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley is a tale of two digtial cities competing for national dominance. 

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Caterpillar Crawls Along

April 25, 2013 9:39 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Despite lackluster earnings, the construction equipment maker seems to show the global economy is not as bad as investors feared. Analysts were surprised to see that despite missing the mark, stocks were up primarily because the company performed better than feared. 

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Solar Plane To Make Historic Flight

April 25, 2013 9:31 am | by CBS News | Videos

The Solar Impulse, a solar power plane, is being prepped to fly across America - and right into aviation history. "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger met with CBS's John Blackstone to watch the takeoff, and discusses the importance of the flight.

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What To Expect If Apple Unveils A TV

April 24, 2013 10:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Even with many Smart TVs on the market, a Topeka Capital Markets analyst predicts that Apple will release a 60-inch TV by the end of this year. After seeing what the company did with phones and tablets, analysts are interested to see what they can do with TVs. 

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Hacking Anything Connected To The Internet

April 23, 2013 9:37 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The Shodan search engine allows anyone to search for anything connected to the Internet and if security settings are not turned on, take control of the device. Hackers, both good and bad, use the site to locate the increasing number of Internet capable devices like traffic lights, a computer or even a business.

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