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    • Paying for Solar Power

    • By: David Rotman
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 18 mins
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    SolarCity’s massive new manufacturing plant in Buffalo, New York, reflects a booming demand for solar power. Is it sustainable?

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    • Who Will Own the Robots?

    • By: David Rotman
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 26 mins
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    The way Hod Lipson describes his Creative Machines Lab captures his ambitions: “We are interested in robots that create and are creative.” Lipson, an engineering professor at Cornell University (this July he’s moving his lab to Columbia University), is one of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence and robotics. His research projects provide a peek into the intriguing possibilities of machines and automation, from robots that “evolve” to ones that assemble themselves out of basic building blocks. (His Cornell colleagues are building robots that can serve as baristas and kitchen help.)

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    • Dear Silicon Valley: Forget Flying Cars, Give Us Economic Growth

    • By: David Rotman
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 14 mins
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    Companies taking advantage of amazing new digital technologies dominate our list of 50 Smartest Companies. But despite impressive advances in artificial intelligence and automation, the economy remains in a troubling slowdown.

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    • The Machine That Could Finally Change Manufacturing

    • By: David Rotman
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 18 mins
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    For all the hype around 3-D printing, it’s done little to transform the way things are made. Now a startup called Desktop Metal thinks it’s cracked the code on how to print metal parts practically and affordably.

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    • Tech Slowdown Threatens the American Dream

    • By: David Rotman
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 14 mins
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    In a three-month period at the end of 1879, Thomas Edison tested the first practical electric lightbulb, Karl Benz invented a workable internal-combustion engine, and a British-American inventor named David Edward Hughes transmitted a wireless signal over a few hundred meters. These were just a few of the remarkable breakthroughs that Northwestern University economist Robert J. Gordon tells us led to a “special century” between 1870 and 1970.

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    • Hot Days

    • By: David Rotman
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Rising temperatures due to climate change will strongly affect economic growth around the world, making some countries richer and some poorer.

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    • Hot and Violent

    • By: David Rotman
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 12 mins
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    Researchers have begun to understand the economic and social damage caused by climate change.

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