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Robots are taking over and more aspects of our , and jobs. The latest occupation to perhaps feel threatened by the of technology is carpentry. For of years, skilled carpenters have lovingly created furniture from . However, the next generation of master craftsmen and women may be robots, not humans. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a robot that can create custom-made wooden . They say the robots will not replace humans, but will improve . The researchers said the goal of their was to let robots do the more dangerous tasks of sawing and assembling, so carpenters can focus on .

The MIT team used available technology to create what they call the AutoSaw. It differs from robots that are currently used to manufacture the -produced, flat-pack furniture many of us buy from home-furnishing stores. People will be able to design their furniture and AutoSaw will cut up the wood with great and reduced risk of us losing a . Researcher Adriana Schulz said: "Our aim is to democratize furniture-customization. We're trying to open up a of opportunities so users aren't bound to what they've bought at Ikea. Instead, they can make what fits their ." She believes it will empower people to create better-designed furniture.

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