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Thought Leadership

We are in the midst of the Digital Revolution, a globally relevant event lasting (in all likelihood) a small number of decades on a world timeline of millennia. It is the third, fourth, fifth, sixth or even seventh Digital Revolution, depending on which article you choose to believe when you ask Google. In truth of course, there is no right answer because the only right answer could be determined with the insight given by time travel, looking back on these times from, perhaps, the 23rd century.

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Back in 1976, computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum expressed serious reservations about Artificial Intelligence (AI) replacing certain functions in society. In his influential book ‘Computer Power and Human Reason’, Weizenbaum argued that certain positions – including those of soldiers, police officers, judges, and therapists – require authentic feelings of empathy, compassion, and wisdom. In this context, AI would never be an adequate replacement for the human touch.

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When it comes to shopping, retailers and consumers have different priorities. For consumers it’s about the digital, mobile experience, with 79% of smartphone owners using their devices to shop. Retailers, on the other hand, need a solution that drives ROI – and for that they need to find a way to attract and engage their consumers. This is particularly relevant for merchants with physical stores who are competing against online shops. What will make the visit different and exciting enough to compete with the comfort and ease of shopping from home? Traditionally vouchers and promotions have been a great way to drive trade and increase footfall – and it is likely that digital coupons will also play an increasing role in online interaction with connected consumers at the physical store.
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20 June 2016 283 views
There’s a paradox in the nuclear energy industry we all recognize. On the one hand, it is deeply conservative and, quite rightly, risk-averse. On the other, it knows that only digital innovation can deliver essential gains in operational efficiency.
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15 June 2016 429 views
The huge current sales push regarding wearables such as smart watches, bracelets or rings directly leads to the major question about the related use cases for these new devices. In addition to the more health and wellbeing related use cases such as a fitness tracker, we can see many attempts to use wearables for payments. Here we refer to proximity payments at the point of sales, where we see market potential for person-to-merchant and person-to-person-payments.
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06 June 2016 191 views
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Solutions

The impact of digital technologies in upstream oil and gas activities has been transformational. The ideas and practices of the digital oilfield are now well-established. For both oil companies and for specialist suppliers of equipment and services, the ability to gather and analyze data, often in real-time, has been instrumental in reducing operational and commercial risk at drilling and production sites.
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26 August 2016 58 views
It’s just weeks to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games; with a glittering opening ceremony to be held at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. But before the athletes step up to compete and the spectators take their seats, final preparations are underway behind the scenes to ensure that the most digitally-enabled sporting event in history can be delivered to billions of viewers around the world. Here, I take a look at how the technology underpinning the Olympic Games has transformed over the last few years and what lessons can be learned for this summer in Rio.
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02 August 2016 205 views
Global air transport is continuing to expand, with 5% annual growth in passenger numbers predicted for the next 20 years. To meet this demand, Airbus in Europe and Boeing in the USA are each set to produce almost 1,900 airliners in 2018: more than double the total production of both companies in 2008. This is a historical development, forcing aerospace companies worldwide to upgrade their factories to support these increased production rates while maintaining high levels of quality. Enhancing industrial production is still the biggest challenge for aircraft manufacturers.
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01 August 2016 333 views
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