VW Removing Barriers Between Robots and Workers

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By Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group is working on enhanced robots using a laser safety scanner which detects employee movements and enables human and machine to work together without safety barriers between the two.

A control system coordinates the movements of the human worker and the robot, slowing and stopping the robot as soon as the worker enters defined safety zones.

Robotic chief Martin Gallinger said: “Everyone is now talking about human-robot cooperation. To date, we have been

Secrets of Innovative CEOs: Taking Risks, Curiosity, Customer Focus

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By Karen Talley

Not being afraid to take risks, staying curious, maintaining a focus on customers and sleepless nights are some of the traits that go into being an innovative CEO, the kind that advances their company on the back of new ideas.

Surrounding yourself with good people—not just “yes” men and women—optimism and a commitment to excellence are also seen as necessary attributes.

Innovation “is a critical component for a CEO looking to keep their company ahead

9 Ways to Get More Value From Business Intelligence in 2018

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By Bruce Harpham

For far too many organizations, “business intelligence” brings to mind simple statistical summaries in stodgy, dated reports. But beneath BI’s dull surface, keen insights await—especially for those willing to revamp their business intelligence strategy to tackle the kinds of issues forward-thinking organizations are already addressing with modern BI.

Whether you are looking to implement a new BI tool or get more value out of your current BI setup, you will find some promising ideas

3-D Printing to Add Mobility to Medicine Manufacturing;

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By Claire O’Connell

Research shows the potential of 3-D printing for low-cost plants to build chemicals for drugs.

You need a medicine but your illness is so rare that the required drug is extremely expensive and not widely available. Or maybe you are travelling and the drug you need can’t be easily shipped all the way to you. Could 3-D printing offer a solution? Could a local, 3-D-printed mini-factory make medicine for you?

3-D printing, which builds up

Four Key Lessons From Pioneering AI Projects

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Meaningful artificial intelligence (AI) deployments are just beginning to take place, according to Gartner.

Gartner’s 2018 CIO Agenda Survey finds that 4% of CIOs have implemented AI, while a further 46% have developed plans to do so.

“Despite huge levels of interest in AI technologies, current implementations remain at quite low levels,” said Whit Andrews, research vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “However, there is potential for strong growth as CIOs begin piloting AI programs through

How to Avoid the Root Cause of Customer Experience Meltdowns

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By Robert Sher, contributor

In order for growing midsized companies to avoid a customer experience meltdown, their leadership must plan and build leadership infrastructure. Without leadership infrastructure, growing companies can be victimized by their own success.

Operational meltdown

Anyone unlucky enough to have a front row company-side seat in a customer experience meltdown will feel a terrible sense of Déjà vu reading this post. They will have flashbacks of angry customers, hour-long wait times in customer service, high

Apple Is Reportedly Changing Its Software Strategy, and Here’s Why It May Be Good News for Users

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Apple is reportedly overhauling its software and products strategy, and this may be good news for Apple users. According to a report in Bloomberg, the company intends to change its product development strategy with renewed focus on rooting out bugs from the software rather than just pushing new headline features in its iOS upgrades.

“The company is shaking up its development program to focus more on key features and push back others to the following year,”

Daimler Warns of Supply Chain Risk From Switch to Electric Cars

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Daimler AG, owner of the Mercedes-Benz brand, warned that a fall in demand for diesel cars and a switch to electric vehicles could force it to prop up its supplier base.

Carmakers face increased legal and regulatory scrutiny over pollution levels produced by their diesel-engined vehicles after Volkswagen in 2015 admitted to cheating emission tests using engine management software.

To avoid a total ban on their diesel vehicles, Daimler and other carmakers have stepped up

Unilever Gives Stern Warning to Google and Facebook

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Unilever has fired a warning shot at tech firms that fail to counter fake news and fraud online, threatening to pull lucrative advertising if companies allow their platforms to “breed division.”

The tech firms include Google and Facebook. The multinational giant announced its plans at the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Annual Leadership Meeting in California on Monday.

“We cannot continue to prop up a digital supply chain—one that delivers over a quarter of our advertising to our consumers—which

What Does a Successful AI and Analytics Program Look Like?

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Table stakes. That’s what the ability for hospitals to leverage analytics today has become, according to Chris DeRienzo, chief quality officer at Asheville, North Carolina-based Mission Health. But actually using the insights gained from those analytics projects, putting them to work driving enterprise-wide improvements in quality and efficiency takes quite a bit more doing.

Mission has enabled a 58% increase in sepsis detection, a 32% reduction in severe sepsis mortality rates, a 20% increase in on-time