In the post-Amazon economy, all brick and mortar retailers are struggling. Some have outright failed and others on the brink. However, there are a few outliers that refuse to go down without a fight and are actually innovating.In this DataPoint, Frank notes one that has actually turned physical location to its advantage by helping Amazon process returns! 

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I’ve always wondered that with advances in material sciences and production methods how will the design of buildings change. Bjarke Ingels talks about the future of architecture, floating cities, and LEGOs in this TED talk.

Robots have a bad reputation for stealing workers’ jobs. The rise of robots in factories has also increased the possibility of injury. Traditionally, robots needed to operate in separate spaces from humans.

Collaborative robots, or cobots, have been working with humans on the factory floor for years, but when it comes to the large-scale industrial robots that can lift and move massive pieces of manufacturing, the danger to human workers is so great that the robots are bolted down to the factory floor behind fences so a human never comes near them.

SpaceX and Blue Origin think point-to-point space travel will replace flights as the preferred means of passenger travel. A plane ride from New York City to Shanghai is about 15 hours – and it could be as long as 29 hours with connecting flights.

With point-to-point travel, SpaceX says it could get you there in less than an hour. How realistic is this approach to long-haul travel?

Doctor Who recently released an episode looking at a future where robots took up most of the workforce. In that reality, companies had to hit a “biological quota” of 10% of their employees being human. A silly, unrealistic future, right?

Well, maybe not. Recent research from RS Online has found there’s a very real possibility of robotic replacements coming to take jobs away from living, breathing people by the year 2030.

Worried about the concept of Wall-E or K9 coming in to take over your role? The study found the following sectors were the most at risk of one of these metallic employees taking their spot:

  • Retail. Where 44% of jobs were at risk.
  • Admin. Where 37% of roles could be taken.
  • Manufacturing. Where 46% of positions could be up for grabs.

Are you worried about where your future is headed? Make sure to put yourself in a position which makes you irreplaceable across the next 10 years if you’re worried about the threat of a robotic revolution.

To find out more about the growth of artificial intelligence, be sure to check out the fascinating infographic below.

What if we could fully map the inner workings of our brain, could we understand disease, consciousness, and what it is that makes us human. The only thing is in the way right now is the sheer engineering challenge of the task –There are more connections in the human brain than there are stars in the Milky Way. But, how far away are we from fully mapping the brain?