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It's been a while since our last newsletter as we've been busy working on our custom intelligence gathering solution, Bloodhound, which we look forward to launching in the near future. There's so much content and data out in the world and it can be hard to sift through the noise to get to the truly important and relevant information. Bloodhound helps us do that and the content in this newsletter is one of the outcomes from our platform.

Our aim is to bring you information and opinions that you may otherwise not have come across or thought about. In this edition we have collated some interesting content covering the topics of disruption, disruptive technology, climate change and the future in a post-pandemic world.

THE STATE OF INDUSTRY 4.0 IN 20202020-05-09
Those moving forward with Industry 4.0 initiatives are reaping the benefits of sophisticated new capabilities while the laggards are realizing the need to catch up quickly.
Our view:

Industry 4.0 was first introduced in 2011 in Hannover. A recent study by SAP shows that most firms are focused on automation, AI and IOT.

WHEN AI TAKES ON EUROVISION: CAN A COMPUTER WRITE A HIT SONG?2020-05-09
Bizarre lyrics, atonal melodies and a koala synth; Nic Fildes enters the world of algorithm-inspired Europop
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We'll let you judge this one on your own. Blue Jeans and Bloody Tears

EFFECTIVELY LEVERAGING AI TO BOOST CUSTOMER LOYALTY THROUGHOUT COVID-192020-05-09
By Jaime Scott, CEO and co-founder of quality assurance and agent improvement platform,EvaluAgent The potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to transform customer service is certainly nothing new.
Our view:

This is an area that is controversial. We've all been on those websites where the chatbots appear and we can't get rid of them and it ruins the customer experience. This is a case of making sure that you're delivering what your customers actually want. Ask them. There's no point implementing a new technology and thinking you're being disruptive just because it's the latest technology. Disruption is not just about being on the bleeding edge.

AGENDA: COVID-19: THE COMMUNICATION VIRUS2020-05-11
Add in self isolation and people with a hearing loss are at a huge communication disadvantage. We know that people affected by deafness are more likely to have poor mental health due to the barriers they face daily: the use of white goods in the kitchen,
Our view:
Add in self isolation and people with a hearing loss are at a huge communication disadvantage. We know that people affected by deafness are more likely to have poor mental health due to the barriers they face daily: the use of white goods in the kitchen,
SEA LEVELS COULD RISE 1.3 METERS BY 2100, SCIENTISTS WARN2020-05-09
Even if nations are able to limit warming, sea levels will still rise significantly, new research from Germany's Potsdam Institute shows. In a worst-case scenario, seas could rise 5.6 meters.
Our view:
In September 2019, the UN climate science panel found that unmitigated climate change would lead to a sea level rise of between 0.61 meters and 1.1 meters by 2100.
USING AI DIGITAL TWINS FOR DRUG TESTING (PODCAST)null
Dr. Charles Fisher, CEO of Unlearn AI, discusses creating digital clones by using artificial intelligence for use in clinical drug trials. He explains how a medical patient's data can be used to make a "digital twin" which can help speed up the testing of drugs.
Our view:

We recommend taking the 10 minutes to listen to this fascinating podcast. Digital Twins have multiple applications from manufacturing through to, in this case, being used to speed up the testing of drugs.

HYDROGENS TIME IS NOW IN POST-PANDEMIC WORLD2020-05-09

Follow @arabnews Hydrogen has long been touted as a clean alternative to fossil fuels. Now, as major economies prepare green investments to kickstart growth, advocates spy a golden chance to drag the niche energy into the mainstream of a post-pandemic world. Green hydrogen was pushed to the fore last week when Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, said the technology was ready for the big time and urged governments to channel investments into the fuel. Some countries, including the Netherlands, Australia and Portugal, have already begun investing in the technology. Now investors, politicians and businesses are pushing the EU and others to use its post-crisis recovery plan to support hydrogen in areas like trucking and heavy industry. The promise of hydrogen as a fuel to help power vehicles


Our view:
More pressure from the International Energy Agency for governments to channel green technology into their post-covid-19 recovery models. Investment in this technology, e.g. hydrogen, has already been undertaken by several countries around the world to ensure this becomes a key part of the recovery.
MERCEDES-BENZ TO MAKE MBUX ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TECH EVEN MORE PROACTIVE2020-05-08

MBUX infotainment tech is its voice-activated virtual assistant. The company's artificial intelligence software allows a driver to search for destinations, control vehicle functions and more. And as MBUX evolves, Mercedes says improving this natural-language relationship between car and driver is particularly important. The goal is to "make the system even more natural," Nils Schanz, head of user interaction for Mercedes-Benz research and development, told members of the media during a Friday conference call. That means creating a system that's both more proactive and empathic, taking into account things like tone of voice or which person is talking in the car, serving "the right response and the right tone," Schanz said. This means MBUX might soon offer the option to remove its wake-up word -- the "Hey, Mercedes" command that activates the AI tech. But Schanz knows this isn't a solution everyone will want. "Some [drivers] prefer to have a proactiveness and some don't at all," Schanz s


Our view:

Keeping with the AI theme, we see that latest improvement by Mercedes in their in-car technology with further enhancements to the NLP (natural language processing) capabilities, in particular around voice.

A car that can identify the tone of our voice and respond accordingly certainly has its potentials. Whether this type of technology is suited to motor vehicles or not remains to be seen.

THIS IS HOW ALGORITHMS WILL EVOLVE THEMSELVES2020-04-24
Google is borrowing from Darwin to make a seismic leap in automatic machine learning. It could spell out the end of most human bias.
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Auto-ML is Google's new system is introducing a Darwinian approach to machine learning which will reduce the human intervention. As the article states - a step closer to the machines deciding whether to take the red or blue pill themselves. We'll discuss the ethical implications, and other risks, of this in a future series.
CORONAVIRUS: LEARNING FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR'S INDUSTRIAL PIONEERS2020-04-24
These engineers don't copy, they create new superior solutions. They are innovators using disruptive technology, such as 3D printing, which enables new ideas to be quickly designed, tested and reproduced by individual printer owners. For example, Italian ventilator air valve supplies were increased by mechanical engineer Alessandro Romaioli ...
Our view:

This article clearly shows that it's not just in current times that we are seeing disruptive innovation and to that end we must make sure that we learn lessons from those who have trodden this path before us. True, the technology may be different, but the approach still applies.

The example of the De Havilland Mosquito in this article shows exactly that.

THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS TRANSFORMED THE WORKPLACE MORE THAN ANY DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY2020-04-24
Change is inevitable of course; disruptors like automation and AI have already shown they can do things faster than our fleshy fingers and limited brains, and our history is littered with examples of technology displacing jobs and changing how we work. The recurring theme over the past decade or so has been that the pace of change caused by ...
Our view:

At APTIM-Solutions we are strong supports of efficiency and effectiveness and this is one area where technology really can assist. It's important, however, not to forget 2 key things:

  • keep it simple. There's no need for a complicated AI/ML/technology solution when a simpler solution will do.
  • the human touch is important. While Teams meetings and conference calls are going to be the new way of working (and the reduction in lost time, wasted energy through travel etc. is welcome) it's still important to realise that our best work is done in a team and sometimes just being together in the same room outweighs doing things virtually.
BILLIONS WILL EXPERIENCE SAHARA LIKE HEAT IN NEXT 50 YEARS, REPORT STATES2020-05-09
Roughly a third of the global population could experience an average annual temperature of 84.2 degrees Fahrenheit (29C) in the next 50 years, with
Our view:

This paper by a cohort of UK, US, Danish and Chinese scientists identifies the impact of the climate change challenge.

Our current annual averages are between 11 and 15 degrees while within the next 50 years, according to the paper, about one third of the population could be in a location where the average annual temperature is 29 degrees.

Also mentioned in the paper is a disagreement with the method of calculation by the European Commission on their ESG metrics; to which they are still waiting on a response.

COMPANIES URGED TO EMBRACE DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY2020-03-05
Companies and governments have been urged to embrace disruptive technology, as it can contribute to decarbonising energy and make it cleaner, greener and more accessible. Executives and experts attending the Africa Energy Indaba, in Cape Town, this week, outlined huge advances in electric vehicles, hydrogen production, processed heat and energy storage which could create new business models and opportunities.
Our view:

A quote from CSIR is that “In ten years' time, most of us will have at least one form of battery and rooftop solar photovoltaic [system], which we will at times be consuming and at other times selling [electricity from].

The rapid movement in this arena, and since this conference in March the more mainstream push towards embracing green energy in a post-covid-19 recovery further embeds the need for the embracing of a disruptive approach across all areas.

MUHAMMAD YUNUS: POST-PANDEMIC RECOVERY MUST BE BUILT ON SOCIAL, ENVIRO CONSCIOUSNESS2020-05-09
How should we rebuild in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic? Bangladeshi social entrepreneur Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, s
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Keeping in line with other articles in this edition this article covers the view of Muhammad Yunus who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize who is advocating that we will benefit from a clear instruction that "we don't want to go back to where we came from".
CARS COULD TALK TO EACH OTHER TO SEND OUT POTHOLE ALERTS2020-05-09
Cars could be able to talk to each other to warn about dangers on the roads using 5G technology in future, according to Scottish researchers.
Our view:
Similar to the currently used Waze app where drivers notify the app about traffic jams, police cameras etc. this technology would allow the notification of other obstructions in the road ahead. This could be a valuable piece of technology not only for other drivers approaching a new pothole but also notifying local authorities of potholes currently on the road and the true volume of traffic that is going over them therefore allowing better prioritisation.
ROADMAP TO DURABLE SOLUTIONS FOR THE INTERNALLY DISPLACED2020-05-09
Three-quarters of the world's estimated 41.3 million internally displaced people (IDPs) reside in only ten countries, so making progress in only a few of them could result in transformative impact on the overall global IDP crisis.
Our view:

Increasing mass migration, including forced and non-forced displacement, is one of the primary forces that we monitor on a continual basis due to its importance in the disruptive future.

41.3 million internally displaced people is a staggering number, especially given that 75% are in only 10 countries. InterAction (alliance of international NGOs) have created a roadmap to start resolving this crisis.


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16th Jan 2020

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2020 and the team here at APTIM-Solutions wish you a Happy New Year. This fortnight we've focused on trends and disruptors across various areas. The next decade is certainly looking to be a disruptive one.

20th Dec 2019

We hope you find this last edition of the APTIM-Solutions newsletter for 2019 as interesting as we did. From strategy to sustainability and even a bit of classical music there is a wide range of topics in this fortnight's edition.

26th Nov 2019

Welcome to our fortnightly newsletter. Using machine learning tools to generate interesting business content from around the world, APTIM-Solutions has then applied the human touch and selected the key articles for you. We hope you find these stories as interesting as we did.