Although silk and the closely related spider silk, consist merely of proteins, they are materials with unparalleled properties. Silk is strong and breathable, and soft to the skin as no man-made material could achieve so far. Spider silk is much tougher, even to the extent that it would make excellent bulletproof vests. Researchers have now succeeded in producing genetically engineered silk, a miracle of precision. Several companies will introduce these materials on the market soon. [Read more…] about Genetically engineered silk, a miracle of precision
On the face of it, there are many threats to future prosperity. Climate agreements – won’t they slow down economic growth? Mineral shortages? Global tensions? Physical limits to the economy, as quickly many more people will rise to a level of moderate affluence? Food problems? We do not think there is ground for pessimism, for there is a powerful factor at work that will limit the effect of mankind on the planet: removal of waste from the system. No waste might fuel an economic upturn. [Read more…] about No waste: it will fuel an economic upturn
Lean production brings precision to industry. Ever since lean production methods turned Toyota from a modest Japanese car company to the biggest car manufacturer in the world, its success has led many manufacturers, and even more consultants, to ask themselves if these could be copied in other companies and in other cultures. But an important, often overlooked aspect of lean manufacturing is that lean companies invest in their employees as their main source of improvement. Commitment is essential to lean production. [Read more…] about Lean production: precision and commitment in industry
Each industry has to reinvent itself from time to time in order to survive. Energy production transits tot sustainable sources. Automotive industries prepare for the electric car and self drive. But the pharmaceutical sector is scrambling to develop a clear vision on its future. We suggest they need to develop better precision and higher success rates through nature based medicines stemming from modern synthetic biology.
An era comes to an end. Ever since the start of the industrial revolution, mankind could only produce more, using more. Produce more food from more land. Produce more consumer goods from more resources, processing more ore that required more land to mine it. Using ever more fossil fuels, shipped in ever growing quantities to the world’s industrial centres. But the advent of precision will put all this to an end. We will be going to produce more, using less.