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Proper hard!

From the hype of a few years ago we are now seeing a growing realisation that when it comes to rolling out self-driving vehicles, it's going to be a lot more complex and challenging than previously thought.

A return to growth in 2021

After the turmoil of 2020 it’s certainly difficult to predict with any certainty how the UK economy is likely to perform as we enter 2021. After the record contraction of the spring months and the bounce back in the summer, most forecasters have had to re-write the forecasting book.

Europe’s biggest defence spender

Last week saw the Government announce the biggest programme of investment in British defence since the end of the Cold War with a £16.5 billion increase above existing commitments, spread over four years, and the promise of thousands of new jobs.

A green revolution

On the face of it the government’s green industrial revolution looks like a positive step in decarbonising the UK economy, but as always the devil is in the detail.

European semiconductor distribution decline slows

According to the latest figures from DMASS, semiconductor revenues in the third quarter continued to decline but at a slower pace than in the second. Sales fell by 12.1 per cent, from a previous decline of over 20 per cent, and were worth 1.8bn Euros.

Could the UK revisit its 5G ban?

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, the vice president of Huawei has said that the UK should revisit its decision to ban the Chinese telecom equipment maker from its 5G network, following the Presidential elections in the US and the defeat of Donald Trump.

Record robotic sales

According to the World Robotics 2020 – Service Robots report, published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), the sales value of professional service robots increased by a remarkable 32% to $11.2 billion worldwide in 2018-19.

Boom and now bust?

Amazon posted some impressive financial results last week with turnover hitting $96bn for the last quarter and net income topping $6bn. AWS recorded turnover up by almost a third at $11.6bn.

EU fails to back photonics

Worries over the impact of cuts to the European science budget has seen scientists, including Nobel Laureates, issue a warning about jobs, economic growth and the impact a budget cut could have on healthcare.

UK science collaboration at a crossroads

Doubts are being raised about the UK’s future collaboration with the EU’s Horizon research programme after news emerged last week that the EU had made what Vivienne Stern, the director of Universities UK International, said was ‘an unappealing offer’.

Monopolistic practices

The times are changing, especially when US lawmakers bring antitrust charges against Google which they accuse of monopolistic practices.

A hideous Venusian invasion

Boris Johnson’s call for a green energy revolution still leaves an awful lot to be done before the UK can hit net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Further consolidation in the chip industry

NVIDIA's $40 billion deal to acquire Arm and Analog Devices’ $21 billion deal back in July to acquire Maxim Integrated have been the stand out deals of 2020, but could they now be joined by AMD acquiring Xilinx?

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