Author Archives: Shane Wall

Industry 4.0 takes center stage at World Economic Forum

Industry 4.0 is the next phase in the digitization of the manufacturing sector, driven by four disruptions: the astonishing rise in data volumes, computational power, and connectivity, especially new low-power wide-area networks; the emergence of analytics and business-intelligence capabilities; new forms of human-machine interaction such as touch interfaces and augmented-reality systems; and improvements in transferring digital instructions to the physical

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The Circular Economy’s impact on manufacturing

One of the most rewarding aspects of HP’s Keep Reinventing credo has been its broad-based application in our own company. Our sustainability efforts are no exception, and it’s exciting to see the innovation that is happening in this area, at HP, and throughout our ecosystem. We continually develop, implement, and scale programs and social investments that transform how people work

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Microfluidics in healthcare: Inkjet technology at microscale

As different as the medical landscape may look from Tokyo to Toledo to Toronto, all regions are grappling with the challenge of mounting healthcare demands and rising costs.  Global healthcare spending is projected to reach $8.7 trillion annually by 2020, reflecting both the expansion of services in developed regions and increased spending in emerging countries.

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Answers to Industry 4.0’s Top Questions

We’re in the midst of an Industry 4.0 revolution. Automation and data – including cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, and cognitive computing – are leading to a shift in the way products are designed and manufactured. Today, I’m sharing information about the current state of Industry 4.0, a few of my favorite examples, and possibilities for the

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Africa is a Megatrends melting pot

I recently attended TEDGlobal 2017 in Tanzania, Africa. The theme of this year’s event – Builders. Truth-Tellers. Catalysts. – was a perfect representation of the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation that filled the event.  We heard from a wide range of luminaries including cultural historians, entrepreneurs, documentary photographers, and human rights activists.  I left feeling even more energized about Africa’s future

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