Technology

Dem-Con Companies, a Shakopee-based recycling, processing and disposal company, is installing a robot that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to sort food and beverage cartons from other materials in the recycling stream.
The AMP Cortex robot identifies, grabs and sorts food and beverage cartons so they can be sent to recyclers where they are turned into new materials, such as tissues, paper towels and other paper materials, as well as sustainable building and construction materials.
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The 3D printing space is abuzz with possibility right now. I spoke with some local 3D printing experts to learn more about the current state of the art — and what might be around the corner.
More competition, cheaper equipmentThis decade has proven that market forces work as intended for additive manufacturers. 
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Society and business are changing at exponential rates. Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are already disrupting our labor model and putting people out of work. Read More


This month's Industry Watch + takes a closer look at tech in Minnesota, including elements of a successful startup, creating farm teams, and how tech can help Greater Minnesota gain jobs. Read More
Ask any technology and advanced manufacturing executive what causes their insomnia and they’ll quickly mention the lack of skilled tech candidates. The dire concerns of our last recession seem a hundred years past. The new anxiety is over lost sales, missed deadlines and exploding outsourcing expenditures, because companies lack qualified professionals to fill their technical positions. Read More
Because the retail industry is being so disrupted by new technology, Target Corp. wanted to get out front of the game by partnering with Colorado-based Techstars, forming Techstars Retail Accelerator. Read More
Earlier this fall, federal auto safety regulators gave driverless cars the unofficial green light, betting the nation’s highways will be safer with cars driven by machines instead of people.
It’s the latest game-changing development in a decades-long push for automation and digitization. And that push will only accelerate.
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The brand-new US Bank Stadium boasts a dozen cutting-edge features including a transparent ceiling, color-changing LED lighting and stadium-wide Wi-Fi, but arguably, the most noticeable features are the two 120-foot-wide video monitors that sit high over each of the end zones, keeping track of the score and showing instant replay.  The US Bank Stadium scoreboards are manufactured with the help Read More
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