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Tech Breakthroughs to watch in 2021, AR & Automation get a pandemic boost & farting cat robots | TechBurst Asia Newsletter Issue #6

The TechBurst Asia Newsletter from Charles Reed Anderson
Tech Breakthroughs to watch in 2021, AR & Automation get a pandemic boost & farting cat robots | TechBurst Asia Newsletter Issue #6
The pandemic forced us to accelerate our digital transformations and we’re starting to see the benefits. The need for social distancing has led to an increase in AR deployments & our software investments have fast-tracked workplace automation.
But these advancements pale in comparison to our greatest pandemic innovation, Panasonic’s “farting cat robot”, Nicobo. It’s not the robot we deserve, but it’s the robot we need to get us through these trying times (article below).
And when future generations look back on how we managed the pandemic, I have no doubt they will build a statue in Nicobo’s honour.
Here’s what’s on tap this week…
  • NEWS THAT CAUGHT MY EYE: The MIT Technology Review “10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021” report plus how our need to isolate has driving enterprise Augmented Reality deployments
  • GIVE ME DATA! The number of workers excepted to be replaced by automation has increased by 25% since the pandemic started - and load of IoT Security stats
  • THE NON-TECH ARTICLE YOU NEED TO READ: Bad news from HBR - toxic bosses don’t want to change, they want to cover their tracks
  • CHART OF THE WEEK: Industry 4.0 will be the biggest driver of 5G use cases (source: McKinsey & Company)
  • CRA RANTS: Guest rant this week - a video snippet from my latest podcast
  • THE LATEST TECHBURST ASIA PODCAST: This week I interviewed Michael Gryseels, Executive Vice Chairman of True Digital Group & the Chief Digital Officer of CP Group about what it takes to digitise one of the world’s largest conglomerates
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And now it’s time for the news…

Is this the MUST HAVE gift for 2021? Or a sign of the coming apocolypse?
Is this the MUST HAVE gift for 2021? Or a sign of the coming apocolypse?
NEWS THAT CAUGHT MY EYE
10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021
Augmented Reality Gets Pandemic Boost
Panasonic made a moody, farting robot that looks like a cat in a sock
Big vendors talk 5G enterprise as MWC returns
GIVE ME DATA!
The future of work after COVID-19
The Cost of Insecurity - Breaking Down the Cost of Security
THE NON-TECH ARTICLE YOU NEED TO READ
Stop Making Excuses for Toxic Bosses
CHART OF THE WEEK
If you are wondering which enterprise 5G use cases will drive the most sales, here’s the answer…
Source: McKinsey & Company
Source: McKinsey & Company
#5G #IoT #Industry4.o: If you want more 5G charts, McKinsey & Company‘s Ferry Grijpink has a #5G Chart of the Day" newsletter - he promises “one chart per day, no bullshit”. You can register here.
CRA (GUEST) RANT
How to DIGITISE one of the world's largest conglomerates
How to DIGITISE one of the world's largest conglomerates
Michael discusses the solutions deployed & initiatives implemented during his first 3 years at True Digital / C.P. Group that he is most proud of.
THE LATEST TECHBURST ASIA PODCASTS
How to DIGITISE one of the world’s largest conglomerates
Making Sense…and Cents…out of the 5G Market Opp
What’s in store for Southeast Asia’s Tech & Telecoms Industries in 2021
You can subscribe the TechBurst Asia podcast on major podcast platforms, including Apple, Google, Spotify, SoundCloud, Stitcher & Libsyn.
WHO THE HELL IS CRA?
CRA is one of Asia’s leading technology industry innovators and thought leaders. His in-depth knowledge of emerging technologies, combined with his understanding of the market demand, provides him with a unique ability to separate industry hype from reality
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That’s a wrap for this week. Now get back to work…

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