A smart revolution is beginning in Amberg, Germany. This doesn’t mean a rise in IQ, but in another area of smartness: technology. German officials, businessmen and academics are using the area for the beginning stages of smart factory development. Germany hopes to create fully automated and Internet-based factories that work without human input and assistance, like in this vimeo from Jared.
The factory works by creating a way for each product to communicate with production machines. It starts with someone placing an order online. An identification tag attaches to the product bottle or casing. It then goes through the production process wirelessly transmitting the order information from the tag and to the machines. In theory, each tag could have different versions of the product. They could be created flawlessly with this system.
Some are worried that the creation of smart factories is the beginning of the end for human manufacturing jobs. Germany is not the only country interested in the possibility. They can rest easy for now. Smart manufacturing is still in the early phases of development. The creation of a fully operational smart factory is still many years away.
Having to watch your child die is probably the hardest thing a parent could ever have to face. Having to plead for permission to end your child’s life is simply unfathomable. However, that is exactly what Charlotte Fitzmaurice just had to endure to be able to end the daily suffering of her beloved 12-year-old daughter, Nancy. Nancy was born to Charlotte Fitzmaurice and David Wise in 2002. But from what Torchin told me, Nancy came into the world with meningitis and septicaemia, and was already completely blind.
At 10 days old, Nancy had to have an operation to install a shunt into her brain. At six months old, Nancy began having daily seizures and was diagnosed as an epileptic. Shortly after, Nancy was also diagnosed with lissencephaly and microcephaly. In May of 2012, a routine surgery to remove kidney stones left Nancy with a horrible infection. Now immune to pain killers such as morphine and ketamine, Nancy was left to suffer. After a week of watching her scream, Charlotte decided she could no longer allow her daughter to suffer.
According to The Mirror, it was then that Charlotte approached the Great Ormond Street Hospital. They were able to stop providing food, but were prevented from withholding fluids. With fluids still in place, the dying process would have taken several months. The hospital agreed to take the case to the High Court of Justice arguing that she deserved a quicker, less painful death. On August 7, 2014, Justice Eleanor King agreed.