14 jobs that could be automated within the next decade

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 Automation is firmly established in the workplace, and many businesses have benefited greatly from this rapidly evolving technology. Tedious, repetitive tasks—such as data entry and scheduling—that once ate up valuable hours in an employee’s day can now be streamlined with the right automation processes.

Now that the business world has seen the power of automation, the question has become, “What’s next?” The members of Forbes Technology Council are constantly looking out for new tech trends, and they believe the next jobs to be impacted by automation might not be the ones people expect.

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The X-Pen: A carbon fiber writing tool

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The X-Pen has a sleek shape and clever design.

The X-Pen marries the incredible Pilot Hi-Tec C refill with a bomb-proof carbon fiber and machined stainless steel body to create pen that not only writes incredibly well, but looks great and will stand up to whatever you want to throw at it. The X-Pen will be one of the featured products at the 8th Annual DaVinci Inventor Showcase on Oct 13 at the Denver Merchandise Mart.

After the jump, inventor Kyle Kinghorn tells about his experiences creating this carbon fiber based pen and his successes on Kickstarter…

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2012 Hugo Award nominees announced

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Last night saw the announcement of the 2012 nominees for science fiction’s prestigious Hugo Award. It’s a particularly fine ballot, reflecting a record number of nominating ballots (wisdom of the crowds and all that). Included on the ballot are our own moderator Avram (as part of the team that publishes The New York Review of Science Fiction) and one of my all-time favorite books, Among Others. Also noteworthy: the much-deserved John W Campbell Award nomination (for best new writer) for the fabulous Mur Lafferty, a nomination for the indispensable Science Fiction Encyclopedia, Third Edition, a nomination for IO9’s Charlie Jane Anders’s story Six Months, Three Days, and a fourth nomination for much-favored Fables graphic novels…

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New Sharpie Remains Erasable For 3 Days

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Go Go Gadget Sharpie!

Well folks, it’s finally happened: mechanical pencils and markers are breeding. What’s next, paperclip/staple orgies? NOT IN MY DESK DRAWER! Haha, like I have a desk!

Sharpie has combined the permanence of a pen with the erasability of a pencil with their new Liquid Pencil. The “ink” inside this pen is a liquid graphite that stays erasable for three days. After that, it turns to ink and stays permanent…

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Flowlight Concept: Writing in the Air

Flowlight Concept: Writing in the Air

A pen enabling the user to write and sketch in the air. By focusing a laser beam 100 times a second into a point in the space, the flowlight creates small plasma points that glow in mid-air. A series of points create a continuous glowing line that looks like a line. This product can be used in various applications from medicine to architecture.

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