James Trevelyan

What coming technological advancement do you expect to have the biggest impact on your business?

I might be controversial here but I really think that we have become sidetracked with expectations that new technologies are about to be discovered just around the corner. We actually have so many new technologies lying around waiting to be applied. All we really need is sufficient awareness of both the technologies and the potential markets. Therefore, my response to this question lies in our ability to educate young people to spot these opportunities sooner. The best way to do that is to encourage perception skills like listening and collaboration, capabilities that university education undermines significantly in my opinion.

About James Trevelyan

James Trevelyan is an engineer, educator, researcher and start-up entrepreneur. As founder and inventor of Close Comfort, he is introducing new energy-saving, low emissions air conditioning technology for a global market. His research on engineering practice helped define the Engineers Australia professional competencies for chartered engineers. His books “The Making of an Expert Engineer” and “Learning Engineering Practice” are influencing the future of engineering education in universities and workplaces. He is best known internationally for pioneering research on sheep shearing robots from 1975 till 1993 and for the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994. He has worked as an expert witness on several significant intellectual property matters in Australia and internationally. He has also managed his family investment portfolio for several decades and has advised family investment companies in the UK and Australia.

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