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.
In 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