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Industry 4-0 (3)

If you were hoping that Digital@Scale would somehow sanction easing into the digitization of your company, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Authors Anand Swaminathan and Jürgen Meffert, both senior partners with McKinsey, set the tone in the first paragraph of their book with this statement: “In the digital age, companies need to rethink their entire business models. Those who don’t risk failure and extinction.”

They also quickly disavow business leaders of two false notions. One is that digitization is an information technology issue. While digital technologies are important, the authors emphasize that the goal of digitization is not spiffy new software and other tech, but “completely new business models.” The second falsehood is that digitization can be delegated off the CEO’s desk. Instead, they argue, digitization “starts with the CEO.”

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Will 3D printing disrupt the construction industry?

Apis Cor, a company that 'prints buildings', claims to have constructed the first 3D printed house in a town outside Moscow.

The house took less than a day to construct and cost under $11,000 to complete. A mobile 3D printer created the building's concrete walls and partitions as a fully connected structure, rather than printing the building in panels at an off-site facility as is usually done. The portable machine was then removed from the building, with a group of contractors completing the home - adding the roof and windows, and finishing the interior.

By shifting the construction of the building's shell to 3D printing, Apis Cor aims to prove that this type of construction can be "fast, eco-friendly, efficient and reliable." 

Will 3D Printing revolutionise the construction industry? Can it improve living conditions around the world by using smart machines to deliver fast, efficient and high-quality construction processes. What are the implications for employment in the industry?

Original article here: http://apis-cor.com/en/about/news/first-house

As always, comment and feedback are very welcome.

Jim H

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As Scotland procrastinates in developing an updated Digital Strategy, the UAE has set itself a target of being a world leader in adopting Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies.

A six-pillar plan launched by the UAE Government, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF), seeks to transform the Fourth Industrial Revolution into a global movement spearheaded by the UAE.

The vision is for the UAE to become the first country in the world to experiment with and implement the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, creating new markets for them.

The new strategy builds on previous government initiatives promoting other disruptive technologies such as the blockchain, smart transportation, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence.

You can read more here.

There can be little doubt that Dubai is rapidly emerging as a world class digital nation. Key milestones over the last five years have included:

  • 2011 - introduction of e-payment cards for government services
  • 2011 - e-voting introduced
  • 2013 - all government services to be available through mobile devices and apps
  • 2013 - Smart Government launched – aim to become the worlds smartest city
  • 2014 - Happiness Index launched to measure the happiness and satisfaction of the public with digital public services – aim to be the world’s happiest city
  • Feb 2016 - 1,000 new digital initiatives launched to embrace the Internet of Things
  • May 2016 - world’s first 3D printed office block opened - vision of being a world leader in 3D printing technology
  • April 2016 - 25% of all transportation in Dubai to be smart and driverless by 2030
  • October 2016 - Dubai mandates Blockchain only Government documents by 2020
  • May 2016 - Dubai government services score 89% on the Happiness Index

It seems to me that while many 'talk the talk' in terms of being a world class digital nation, Dubai and the UAE 'walk the walk'.

As always, comment and feedback are very welcome.

Take care.

Jim H 

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