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RPA getting investment wave

To allow robots to do repetitive tasks is something that has been implemented for a long time and now robots are taking place even among back office tasks. This highly discussed topic is called RPA (Robot Process Automation), that is when a software mimics the activity of a human being in carrying out a routine task. We can establish that investors believe in this technology, RPA-companies are highly valued, and funding has seen a significant increase lately. Not strange when some firms have seen immense growth (from $1 million to $100 million in less than 2 years). Let’s just hope they “liberate humans from routine, repetitive tasks” rather than replace… (see next feed)

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Indoor farming goes robot

We have written about indoor vertical farms before, mentioning its promising features of substantially lower use of water and pesticides. With global population growing and food and water supply being scares in some regions this colud be a vital move for humanity.

The next step is to go fully robotic. “We’ve designed our entire grow process with a robotics-first approach”, says Brandon Alexander, co-founder of Iron Ox Robotic Farms. However it is not only about lowering costs, labor is getting more and more scarce.

“The average age of the farmer now is 58. And so one of the big issues just plaguing farming is that there’s just not enough labor to go around.”

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Pirated content is once again increasing

Streaming services, with Netflix in the lead, has for several years contributed to a decrease in file sharing of copyrighted material. Now however, this trend has turned according to the Global Internet Phenomena Report published by Sandvine. The report shows that 22% of the world’s total upstream data traffic is file sharing, and in EMEA the number is as high as 32%. One possible explanation to the upturn is that the number of streaming services with exclusive content has become so many that consumers cannot afford to access all their favorite content through payed subscriptions.

Another interesting finding from the report is that Netflix on its own now accounts for 15% of the total downstream data across the entire internet.

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