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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