Category Archive: 17. Processes

Sep 18

Likely impacts of automation?

Doomsayers forecast that robots will fully automate and so steal all our jobs – others say ‘bring them on – the sooner the better’ A report for the World Economic Forum estimates that technology will create about two million jobs worldwide by 2020 – but displace seven million This is worrying enough for the educated …

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Sep 14

Robots to transform education

An article in The Times reported that Anthony Seldon, former headmaster of Wellington College, UK, believes: “The imminent arrival of robot teachers will herald the greatest revolution in education” “Personalised learning, facilitated by artificial intelligence, will mean that every student from Eton to the most deprived school in Blackpool, will receive education of a standard …

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Jul 13

AI becoming mainstream in retail

Expert systems to aid human and plant maintenance and clever OR (Operations Research) computer models (aka apps) to find optimum solutions to complex business problems have been around for over 50 years now AI (Artificial Intelligence) is just the latest moniker for much the same, albeit more powerful Retail Week recently published an article about …

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Apr 15

IoT to transform many processes

“The IoT can help businesses be more productive and efficient” says Phil Goldstein, web editor for BizTech – but they need a plan to integrate disparate technologies whilst addressing protection needs against malicious actors Steve Darrah, Director of National Solutions at Intel, says that “IoT can be used to improve efficiency and profitability, drive safety …

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Pin factory productivity

Adam Smith illustrated how the division of labour could improve productivity in the famous small pin factory example he used in his tome ‘Wealth of Nations’, 1776, viz: 10 workers, each specialising in a different aspect of the work , could produce over 48,000 pins a day However, if each of these ten workers had made …

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