Sitting here writing another article on my cellphone, realising it’s 2019 and we have technology available to us that people could not even imagine when I was born, is quite a revelation. A sobering moment as we look at the world around us and see the opportunities that are opening up. Opportunities that will use data in ways that right now we cannot fully comprehend.
Sadly though, the technologies that are evolving can also change the world for the worse. This is not new, there are many examples in history where technology that was developed for the benefit of society, was used by despots to cause catastrophic harm. As professionals in the automation fraternity, we have to find a balance.
On the positive side, ubiquitous connectivity and data availability bring us the benefit of cloud computing and the ability to manage anything from anywhere. Today we have the ability to automate almost any mundane task, be it work or home related. If we resist automation our competitors may beat us to it and we risk being at a disadvantage in the marketplace. We have access to the technology that others have developed, which in many instances is freely available online. But remember, if it is free online there is almost certainly a risk. So ensure that you understand that risk, particularly if it involves data security. Do this in order to reach a level of understanding that gives you the freedom to choose your own path going forward.
It is a fascinating topic, and also a very necessary one. I recommend that you be sure to evaluate your skills development and growth in line with emerging technology trends. And above all, make sure you stay on top of cybersecurity developments. Cyber-attacks are the downside of our connected society. Be sure you are in a position to protect yourself in both your personal and professional capacities.
SAIMC 2019 AGM
The AGM will take place at Park Inn Hotel, Sandton on 8 March at 15h00, where the newly elected council will be announced. All members are invited to attend and be part of the future decision-making process. We value your insights.
SAIMC: From the President’s desk April 2019, SAIMC
In the pursuit of betterment, in an ideal world, we would like to think that every person, can, as a minimum, choose to leave this world in a better state than they found it. For each of us this might ...
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, SAIMC Is your data really yours?
This question was posed by Mark Dilchert of Integr8. With cloud-based storage and communication, a company’s data goes in one end, (usually) comes out the other, without ...
Read more...SAIMC: Tshwane branch April 2019, SAIMC
The branch technology evenings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at our new venue – the offices of IoT.nxt, with invites sent via e-mail. Unfortunately, at present only around 30% of subscribers ...
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Industrial process control is normally achieved by manipulating operating temperatures, pressures, levels and flow rates, with the aim being to produce an end product of proven quality while optimising ...
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, SAIMC Technology evening: What is a cobot?
First of all, what is a robot? Dictionary definitions vary, but the gist is that it is a machine which takes the place of a human being (so those things at street ...
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The highlight of 2018 was the end-of-year dinner enjoyed by members and the committee at Cheers in Irene. We were fortunate to have Ina and Johan Maartens join us as well. Another noteworthy item was ...
Read more...SAIMC: Durban branch March 2019, SAIMC
The AGM was held at the Durban Country Club on 6 February. A respectable audience of 23 members, six Patrons and one student member, gathered to attend the proceedings which ran smoothly under John Owen-Ellis’ ...
Read more...SAIMC: Secunda branch March 2019, SAIMC
The branch AGM took place on 17 January. In order to keep the momentum of the last two years, the committee remained unchanged, with the exception of the loss of two reliable members, Xandri Cornelisen ...
Read more...SAIMC: Zambia branch March 2019, SAIMC
Three SAIMC members from Zambia took part in the Technical Education Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training (TEVET) Stakeholders Consultative Workshop from 21-23 January at the Moba Motel in Kitwe.