Debuting earlier this month during Milan Design Week, this prototype table from MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab can set itself up with minimal human intervention. The Programmable Table joins other products from the lab’s research into novel materials and constructions, such as a self-assembling chair and programmable fabric, to readily accommodate shipping, storage, and usage. [MIT Self-Assembly Lab]

Cornell University researchers are using crowd-sourced information to teach a robot how to fill your coffee order. [CNet]

#longread: Get an inside look at the annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which this year challenged students of all ages to develop a complex contraption for the simple task of … erasing a chalkboard. [The Verge]

A bit of sway is common in skyscrapers, but visitors to the forthcoming 121-story Shanghai Tower in China, which will be the second-tallest building in the world, won’t feel it. That’s thanks to Gensler’s creation of a first-of-its-kind damper system (shown above) that pairs a 1,076-square-foot copper plate covered with 125 magnets with a 1,000-ton iron weight, using eddy currents rather than supplied power to mitigate the movement's effect. [Popular Mechanics]

Stackable cones made out of organic cellulose offer an example of how building materials can be grown from natural materials rather than fabricated from synthetic ones. The project debuted at the Ventura Lambrate exhibition for emerging designers at this year's Milan Design Week. [Inhabitat]

IKEA’s new Wireless Charging furniture can power mobile devices set on its surfaces. [PSFK]

German designer Lilian Dedio added magnets to fabric (shown above), resulting in a new material characterized by passive shape-changing capabilities and that could one day be used in kinetic installations and dynamic facades. [FastCo.Design]