Five things I learnt about robotics and automation

Robotics and automation is not a new concept and is undoubtedly here to stay. With the backdrop of a global pandemic though, automation’s positive potential is increasingly seen as an industrial panacea. As an example, more heavily automated sectors, like manufacturing, appear to be experiencing less disruption than services and construction, which are more dependent on labour.

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The FTSE 100 is called to open 22 points lower at 6926. Stocks weakened Wednesday as investors awaited inflation figures that could reinforce the risk of higher price pressures derailing the economic recovery from the pandemic.
We discuss the puzzling employment figures coming out of the US, whether China is single-handedly driving the price of copper and what the Scottish election’s impact will be on markets.
In this week’s Diary, snippets of information from many places illustrating that reopening the world will be easier said than done. Supply chain problems are the new limit to growth.

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Upstarts and the economics: The challenges facing banks

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Home is where the Heart is

 

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The FTSE 100 is called to open 22 points lower at 6926. Stocks weakened Wednesday as investors awaited inflation figures that could reinforce the risk of higher price pressures derailing the economic recovery from the pandemic.
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We discuss the puzzling employment figures coming out of the US, whether China is single-handedly driving the price of copper and what the Scottish election’s impact will be on markets.
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In this week’s Diary, snippets of information from many places illustrating that reopening the world will be easier said than done. Supply chain problems are the new limit to growth.
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