Robots are preparing to fill 200,000 vacant construction jobs

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As Futurist Thomas Frey says, “As long as we have problems, we’ll always have jobs.”

Automation has long been considered the harbinger of future unemployment, and experts have predicted that the widespread adoption of artificially intelligent (AI) software and smart machines could lead to thousands or even millions of people losing their jobs.

However, that may not be the case in the construction industry. In fact, with a growing shortage in labor, it’s one sector that’s particularly well-suited for an automation takeover.

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How digital technologies are changing the physical world

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Our physical world is now technology-enabled by the digitization of everything.

Ted Hall, CEO of ShopBot Tools, which designs and manufactures digital fabrication tools priced for individuals and smaller manufacturing shops, says “complexity is cheap now, and quality is almost free.”

 

 

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Children at a Greater Risk of Mental Problems the Longer Their Screen Time

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Screen time linked to mental problems in kids

More than two hours a day spent watching television or playing computer games could put a child at greater risk for psychological problems, suggests a new study.  British researchers found the effect held regardless of how active kids were during the rest of the day.

 

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Getting Married Increases Your Chances Of Becoming Obese

Getting Married Increases Your Chances Of Getting Fat

 Couples who live together are more than twice as likely to become obese than those who live separately

The study to be published next month in the journal Obesity also showed that the risk of obesity rises the longer people live together.

Penny Gordon-Larsen, associate professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, found some positive health benefits to marriage, including decreased cigarette smoking and lower mortality.

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Playing Nintendo Wii Can Help Relieve Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Playing Nintendo Wii Can Help Relieve Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s patient uses the Nintendo Wii with guidance from her occupational therapist 

The games console, which simulates sport and other physical activities like dancing and guitar hero, could potentially improve symptoms of the degenerative illness, experts say.

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Learning With Robot-Aided Therapy

Learning With Robot-Aided Therapy 

A robot named Cosmo has become six-year-old Kevin Fitzgerald’s unlikely ally in his uphill everyday battle with developmental difficulties.

At a strip mall clinic in suburban Maryland, Kevin is at the unlikely intersection of new efforts to treat symptoms of autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders with robotics and computer work.

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Horseback Riding Eases Back Pain And Boosts Confidence

Horseback Riding Eases Back Pain And Boosts Confidence 

Riding on horseback not only eases back pain, but also boosts the rider’s confidence and emotional well being, according to a new study.   The findings contribute to the growing body of evidence that horseback riding and related equine assistance therapy programs for disabled and injured individuals benefit human participants.

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