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The current global health crisis is also a business and economic crisis and will change the way we work, with a greater focus on technology. That's according to Nigel Green, CEO of financial advisory firm deVere Group, who says that a recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to a "fundamental shift" in how we live, do business and invest. In particular, Green expects to see an acceleration in the adoption and development of Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, reports technology and business news provider Verdict. "The coronavirus outbreak can be expected to speed up the so-called fourth revolution, which is fuelled by new technologies such as artificial intelligence and mobile supercomputing," he said. The physical distancing and self-isolation measures currently in place around the world are likely to help reinforce the adoption of digital technologies, Green added. "Enforced social distancing will highligh
October 3, 2018 Our capacity for energy efficiency is much greater than climate models assume, according to an editorial published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research Letters. Energy expert Amory Lovins, co-founder and chief scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute, says that the potential for energy efficiency has been massively understated, and its cost overstated, by analysing individual components and systems rather than whole buildings, vehicles and factories. This overlooks valuable ways to help the parts work together to save more energy at lower cost. Current thinking on climate change suggests that we need to use energy at least 3% more productively each year in order to stay below 2 degrees of global warming. Lovins argues that, in both newbuild and retrofit applications, the world's ability to sustain such rapid savings is far greater than previously thought. While the cost of renewable energy has fallen significantly in the past decade, energy eff
Industrial automation had still not been widely deployed before the COVID-19 pandemic, with investment held back by flat capital expenditure and declining industrial production, says a new report from GlobalData. And as the data and analytics company points out, the virus has since closed thousands of factories, with workers around the world sent home. It has become crystal clear that, despite much hype over the years, advanced factory automation has not taken over from human workers at scale. Organisations that invested in robotics as part of their automation strategy were much better able to keep on running when COVID-19 struck. The virus may serve to accelerate investment in factory automation when the global economy eventually rebounds, but that will take a while, said David Bicknell, principal analyst for thematic research at GlobalData. He continued: "The fallout from COVID-19 will now focus organisations on the need to automate faster in the medium term, no