Quickstep advances new composites technologies

Composites manufacturer Quickstep Holdings (ASX: QHL) has announced two contracts which further commercialise its advanced manufacturing processes. The company is developing its Qure process for manufacturing composites without autoclaving, and its Quickstep lean Production System (QPS). CEO Mark Burgess said in an announcement: “We are continuing to develop our state-of-the-art process technologies to support both…

CSIRO and Boeing deepen partnership

CSIRO and Boeing have extended their long running research partnership, adding space industry to areas being jointly investigated. The two have collaborated since 1989, and will now work on five technology areas: advanced manufacturing, data analytics, energy, future insight consulting services, and space technology. CSIRO head Larry Marshall said: “Extending our partnership with Boeing into…

Boeing developing Australian unmannned fighter jet

The Australian government and Boeing have partnered to develop an unmanned fighter jet, the first combat aircraft developed locally since World War 2. In a stunning announcement at the Avalon air show, defence minister, Christopher Pyne said Australia was investing $40 million alongside Boeing developing the ‘Loyal Wingman’ aircraft. Pyne said: “The partnership will produce…

Why AI won’t be taking your job

A very normal reaction to new technologies and work, is to think that the latest machines are going to ‘take my job’. While technology has typically created more jobs than it has destroyed, people still think things are ‘different’ this time around. There is no doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) will be a transformative force…

Something old, nothing new – our climate policy

Comment by Peter Roberts The federal government has resurrected a discredited policy from the past to fill the gap left by its failure to pursue its own National Energy Guarantee. Prime Minister Scott Morrison resurrected the discredited Abbott-era direct action plan in announcing his latest climate and business policy. His $3 billion Climate Solutions Package…