Working with, not against, machines

2020-02-13 09:30

By applying an algorithm to his first 100 finweek columns, Johan Fourie finds out whether a robot would be able to write them in future.

Inside Roborace: the Formula One for self-driving cars

While fans of other racing series fawn over world-class drivers, in Roborace it's programmers who are the real stars.

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Robots are rapidly on their way to taking 20 million manufacturing jobs, wiping out a chunk of the global workforce

2019-07-13 16:00

Robots will displace 20 million manufacturing jobs worldwide, according to a new report from Oxford Economics.

WATCH: BMW and Daimler team up on automated driving

2019-07-06 11:07

Some 1 200 developers at BMW and Daimler will team up to develop automated driving technology, the companies said, the latest carmakers forced to pool their development resources at a time of shrinking margins.

Watch: Cambridge researchers used tiny toy cars to show driverless cars working together can improve traffic flow by 35%

They also threw a bad human-controlled-toy-car-driver into the mix, to see what would happen.

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Sunday Read: Dark house to lighthouse - an industry leader's Eskom survival guide for SA

2019-05-26 09:30

Fin24 talks smart manufacturing - and how SA can solve the Eskom problem - with Magnus Ekbäck, VP Strategy & Business Development at Sandvik, which operates one of the world's 9 "lighthouse" factories chosen by the World Economic Forum.

Robots aren't taking our jobs; they're creating them – study

2019-04-13 09:34

More employers than ever – some 87% – are planning to increase or maintain headcount as a result of automation for the third year running.

Accenture to sell software that allowed it to cut 40 000 jobs

2019-01-29 15:27

Accenture, the global consulting firm, will begin selling automation software that has already eliminated about 40 000 internal roles.


NASA says a clock error sent Boeing's new astronaut spaceship veering wildly off course during its maiden voyage

2019-12-21 12:42

After Boeing's CST-100 Starliner successfully rocketed toward space, a timing error made the spaceship fire the wrong thrusters at the wrong time.

OPINION: 83% of finance functions can be automated. Here's what a finance factory will look like

2019-09-25 21:43

The finance factory and the augmented worker are the future of finance functions within every business, says Adrian van der Merwe.

INSIDE LABOUR: 4IR and the ideological prison

2019-07-12 13:41

Last month saw the idea of a new, 21st Century city, complete with bullet trains, widely broadcast, all within the framework of a "developmental state". But what this really boiled down to was a rehash of 20th Century concepts, says Terry Bell.

WATCH: The future of shopping - carts that follow their owner and help pack the shelves

2019-07-04 19:16

Self-driving carts which can carry your shopping or pack shelves are becoming more widespread in France. Formally known as automatic guided vehicles, these new machines have been designed to work around the clock.

A pair of googly eyes could radically change how people spend their money

2019-05-26 15:43

A simple pair of googly eyes could convince people to donate more money, according to at least one study.

Robots edge closer to unloading trucks in Amazon-era milestone

2019-05-06 05:30

As FedEx and United Parcel Service beef up automation to keep pace with surging e-commerce and a potential threat from, they’ve been stumped at a crucial stage: loading and unloading trucks.

Mathunjwa: Machines are great, but we must be able to build them

2019-02-08 08:30

AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa says job losses as a result of the fourth industrial revolution are inevitable, but a solution may lie in industrialisation.

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