The Future of Jobs: Automated AND Human Touch, insights from scenario planning

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We live in exciting times of new technologies and innovative products, but one of the most uncertain issues of today is the future of jobs. Already many kinds of jobs have been automated to some extent and there is a risk of employment going down in various segments of the … Continue reading

At the crossroads of new business development

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This year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, there was much concern over the growing inequality of incomes. The gap between rich and the poor gets ever bigger. The continuing economic crisis is not making things better. It used to be that economic investments help to create more jobs … Continue reading

Helper robot or partner in crime? – The Robot & Frank

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When we think about the future, oftentimes we see new technology, like robotics, that will solve most of our problems. What we don’t always think about, is whether people like this new technology in their lives and how they engage with things like robots. The movie the Robot & Frank … Continue reading

Technological trends in agriculture

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Technological innovations provide us with chances to increase supply, upscale en produce more cost effectively. Robotics could be a solution to the looming shortage of labour in the agricultural sector. In this blog I describe several important technological trends relevant to the agricultural sector. There are three (possible) technological ‘breakthroughs’ … Continue reading

Robots as our co-workers

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We know robots for very long. They are regular characters in sci-fi movies, coming in all shapes and with many competencies. In those movies we have seen human relationships with good, evil or just emotively blank robots. Isaac Asimov was the pioneering author who showed us what living with robots … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: Isaac Asimov

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Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) was aware of the risks of technology, but always celebrated the possibilities of science. He reinvented the way we see robots: instead of a threat to humankind, Asimov pictured robots as a huge aid to humans. Many see him as the first roboticist, ahead of his time … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: Robert Heinlein

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Many experts see Robert Heinlein (1907-1988) as the father of modern social science fiction. Not only did he think about the technology and science of his time, his stories are also strongly influenced by world politics. Heinlein started out as a military (navy) man in his early twenties. He held the military … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: Philip K Dick

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  Philip K Dick (1928-1982) published 44 novels and over 120 short stories in a career span of 30 years. He lived as a poor author, but is now seen as an ambassador of science fiction literature and as the scifi writer who not only sparked his readers imagination, but also … Continue reading