A recent report from the McKinsey Global Institute identified 12 technologies that could pilot economic changes and disruptions in the near future. The chart below show the estimated potential economic impact of technologies across sized applications in 2025. Though these technologies do not have a direct impact on mining, they play a role in mining’s ancillary sectors.
Based on the findings in the report, we have asked industry groups on Linkedin to participate in an opinion poll on which of these technologies will have the biggest impact on mining, resulting in the majority voting that autonomous or near-autonomous vehicles, and automation of knowledge work will have the most impact on the mining industry.
A few industry group members voiced their opinion on the matter.
Not a fair question. Each will have a significant impact on the industry in the near future (some already have). In addition, they are not necessarily independent of each other. Combined, or independent, these “disruptive technologies” have and will continue to enable us to significantly change the way mining is done in both the present and the future. – M.Baker
Not sure about the cloud – it’s just another server system – that has the potential to reduce some IT costs… but I don’t think by that much…
I think wireless metering and monitoring will be very significant… along with mobile tablet / computing out in the field linked with monitoring etc… So I tend to agree with McKinsey on this one – we have not see the best of this technology yet. – G.Bongers
In your opinion, which of the 12 technologies do you think will have the biggest impact on mining?
Please leave comments below or join the conversation on Linkedin to hear more industry opinions and share your thoughts.
Case studies that address recent adoption of automation technology for mining will be addressed at the upcoming AJM’s Automate and Remotely Operated Mining Summit on the 24-25th of September 2013 in Perth.