A bunch of Silicon Valley superstars (including Elon Musk and YC's Jessica Livingston) started a big nonprofit to research artificial intelligence - and hopefully avoid killing all of us in the process.
Autodesk is beginning to integrate embedded systems design (via Eagle CAD) into Fusion 360.
From Noah, an *amazing* video (both in content and absolutely insane production style) showing the investment casting process from start to finish. I also recommend browsing Suburban Tool's YouTube channel, as there are a bunch of great (and equally bizarre) things there.
The game company Valve is building a gaming controller, and their manufacturing process (which was apparently set up by Flex) is *highly* automated. This video is *awesome.*
It's probably obvious, but I'm really enjoying Dan's work on the Amazon Picking challenge. This post includes a really great analogy comparing robot simultaneous location and mapping systems to 15th century navigation techniques.