Conglomerates have a long history of turning to science-fiction in order to power innovations for the future.
Solving climate change calls for pragmatic solutions that also address the most pressing economic and social issues of our time. With newer, more technically advanced breakthroughs in greener power generation coming into the fray, the race is on to identify the most suitable solutions and implement them in geographies and communities that need them the most.
The word 'exoskeleton' conjures up images from movies like Ironman or Alien. But exoskeletons are no longer just science fiction. They are being developed for a wide range of markets, including medicine, manufacturing and construction.
Dystopian views of robotics, automation and Artificial Intelligence are a familiar staple of popular culture, tapping in to some of our most basic fears. Just like the spinning jenny and the steam engine during the first Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century, new automation technologies raise concerns about job losses and even a wider erosion of human control.
East and West have always had much to learn from each other, in business just as much as philosophy and culture. In the 1970s and 80s, Japan famously revolutionized manufacturing with the just-in-time approach which cut waste by supplying parts only when the process required them. The old system, known as just-in-case, held inventory for every possible eventuality.

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