Technology

The robots are here.
I’m not talking about the human-looking, talking variety — not yet, at least. The robots that are working in many Minnesota companies today have arms and grippers. Manufacturers are considering the advantages of robotics and other automation to increase productivity, reduce labor shortages and enhance workplace safety.
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Farming has gone high-tech as agricultural drones equipped with sensors have become invaluable tools for farmers. The sensors allow growers to manage their crops and land more efficiently, potentially conserving water, increasing yields, and minimizing the use of fertilizers and sprays. Read More
SuperFabric’s CEO and founder Young-Hwa Kim was inspired by a casual conversation with a colleague to create his flexible, durable fabric.  Read More


Target. Home Depot. Yahoo. Equifax.
What do they have in common? You guessed it — they’ve all experienced major data breaches that exposed tens of millions of users’ sensitive personal and/or financial data. Yahoo was actually victimized twice, each attack compromising hundreds of millions of users. (Oh, Yahoo.)
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The Singularity itself — the moment when human and machine intelligence become inseparable — heralds “the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity.” Read More
Dem-Con Companies, a Shakopee-based recycling, processing and disposal company, is installing a robot that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to sort food and beverage cartons from other materials in the recycling stream.
The AMP Cortex robot identifies, grabs and sorts food and beverage cartons so they can be sent to recyclers where they are turned into new materials, such as tissues, paper towels and other paper materials, as well as sustainable building and construction materials.
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The 3D printing space is abuzz with possibility right now. I spoke with some local 3D printing experts to learn more about the current state of the art — and what might be around the corner.
More competition, cheaper equipmentThis decade has proven that market forces work as intended for additive manufacturers. 
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Society and business are changing at exponential rates. Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are already disrupting our labor model and putting people out of work. Read More
This month's Industry Watch + takes a closer look at tech in Minnesota, including elements of a successful startup, creating farm teams, and how tech can help Greater Minnesota gain jobs. Read More