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If – like me – your high school/college summers were filled with menial office work, flipping burgers or babysitting, well, you did it wrong. In this episode, we check in with a few fearless students who spent their summer on the Nokia Bell Lab campus in Murray Hill, New Jersey.

Instead of slathering sunscreen on toddlers or beating a malfunctioning printer to death, these folks were: teaching robots how to navigate buildings; pressure testing materials that will enable factories to operate more efficiently; enhancing the capabilities of potentially life-saving wearables; improving the technology that powers facial recognition; and turning live concerts into a personal surround sound experience. And they’re just getting started.

Future Human is a presentation of Nokia Bell Labs, produced by audiation.fm.

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