Shape-changing alloys could be a good or bad thing. On one hand, the technology could make automation quick and simple. For example, developing an alloy that could shape itself into a particular component, whether that would be an army knife or a key part in an automobile engine. On the other hand, this could eliminate jobs by making hand-crafted work redundant.
However, the shape-changing technology is already in existence, developed by scientists at Harvard and MIT. In its present state, the shape-changing alloy is folding sheets into small shapes like boats and airplanes. But that's merely the beginning. Could it be possible to use the technology to build real boats and airplanes within the next 10 years?