About This Show
Welcome to Soonish, a new podcast about the future from technology journalist Wade Roush. How do we think and talk about the future? What can we do to shape it? Why are our best forecasts—and our worst fears—so often wrong? Season 1 starts out with shows asking why the technology predictions in the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" never came true; why monorails have been neglected as an urban transit option; and whether technology can help museums stay relevant in the digital age. More info at soonishpodcast.org.
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1.04 Future Factories, With Workers Built In
2 days ago
Six million manufacturing jobs have disappeared in the U.S. since 2000, and you've probably heard economists and politicians say "those jobs aren't coming back." But that view isn't quite right. It doesn’t account for a cultural and technological revolution sweeping the United States—one that promises to redefine manufacturing, make it drastically more accessible, and create a ladder to new kinds of jobs for unskilled, semi-skilled, and skilled workers alike.
In this episode of Soonish, we visit TechShop, a maker space where craftspeople are using high-tech tools to come up with new products. We talk with a business strategist at the Xerox-owned Palo Alto Research Center, where programmers are inventing design software that can help people get their ideas to market faster. We tour 99Degrees, a company in an old Massachusetts mill town where one entrepreneur is creating a path to skilled high-tech employment for manual garment workers. And we meet Bill Taylor, an 88-year-old mechanical genius in Belmont, MA, who has an elaborate workshop in his basement and decades of perspective on the changing manufacturing scene in the U.S.
For more information visit http://www.soonishpodcast.org/episodes/2017/2/22/104-future-factories-with-workers-built-in