In an age when computers have multiplied the productivity of workers, it is tempting for millions of people with monotonous office jobs to wonder whether computers could outright replace them.

Innovation_Light_Bulb_ReversedIn this installment of the Future Focus series, The Christian Science Monitor examines five technologies changing the world now, or well positioned to do so in the future: from low-tech gadgets remaking livelihoods in remote villages of Niger to electronics that roll out of printing presses to spacecraft hurtling around Earth at 5 miles per second. For the most part, these technologies promise one thing: to stretch the dollar – or yen, or euro – into accomplishing new things. It is this litmus test that will determine how pervasively computers touch the lives of ordinary people.

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Source: Douglas Fox | The Christian Science Monitor