Susan Fourtané

Science and Technology Journalist, Startup Media Consultant, Storyteller, Writer of other things. 

Writing, reporting, and interviewing industry leaders since 2006 usually on topics related to Artificial Intelligence (AI), Ethics of AI, Robotics, Automation, Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR), Internet of Things (IoT), Supply Chain, Logistics, Manufacturing, Leadership, Analytics, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Telecoms, Future Trends, Futurism, Space and the Future of Multi-planetary Life, Transhumanism, Biohacking, Healthcare, and Education among others; and how emerging technologies are effecting different industries and society. 

Travelling around Europe reporting on the latest technology events, both physical and virtual. 
Usually bouncing between Helsinki (FI), London (UK), Brighton (UK), Nice (FR), and the Greek Islands as well as other cities where I conduct specific research. Location Independent and free spirited.  

Professional Affiliations: 

Association of British Science Writers (ABSW)

Finnish Journalists Association

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

Internet Press Guild (IPG)

IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems

International Science Writers Association (ISWA)

Society of Authors (SoA) 

London Press Club 

How Smart Manufacturing Embraces a Digital Future

Smart manufacturing plays a paramount role disrupting and transforming traditional production and operations in the supply chain thanks to the combination of technology, data, processes, and human interaction. The pandemic has served as a catalyst, accelerating smart manufacturing initiatives. Yet, few organizations have embraced sustained action. For manufacturing leaders, now is the time to take a step forward and accelerate moves toward digital maturity and improved business performance. In

Universities Recognize the Benefits of Strategic Partnerships

Higher education is currently positioned at the crossroads of an unprecedented time of mass global change. The future and success of each institution will depend on the course taken now by university leaders. Fierce Education recently hosted an online event focused Higher Education Business & Leadership: Summer Edition. One of its sessions, “If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them: Partnering Perspectives” focused on highly insightful considerations and reasons on why institutions should consider par

Artificial Intelligence is Critical to the Future of Higher Education

The world is now at a crucial point in technology evolution. The future depends on its deployment across all industries today, including in higher education. Artificial Intelligence-based technologies are thought to promote rather than hinder democratic values including freedom, equality, and transparency. AI-based technologies can become a tool to promote equity and personalized learning. For the past 20 years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made some advances in higher education, but not e

Education 4.0: University Launches World’s First Degree Driven by 4.0 Technologies

As academic leaders are embracing change this summer and planning for the next semester, universities and colleges around the world are also working on the next big thing after Education 3.0: Education 4.0. Current generations are going to engage with state-of-the-art technology and Industry 4.0 advancements. It only makes sense that they should receive an equally advanced Education 4.0. The University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom, is creating a new two-year program in world History whe

Higher Ed Leaders Summer Focus: Resilience, Rethinking, Reinvention

Higher Education is currently positioned in a unique situation. The Covid-19 crisis has forced academic leaders to implement digital solutions to cope with the brave new world of online and remote learning. Right now, higher education leaders are faced with the chance to create a better education platform for their institution, one that will contribute to the overall betterment of the national and global education system. Because it is now when the cards are on the table, the future outcome of

The Time is Now for Higher Education Leaders to Plan for Next Semester

The time is now, and it is crucial. Higher education leaders and faculty around the world are using this summer break to better prepare for the fall semester embracing what has worked in the past year and improving what has not. Demand for online learning has skyrocketed during the past academic year. A trend that had been pushing hard to get more attention finally became the default way of teaching and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Historically, pandemics have served humanity to help

Trends in Manufacturing Toward 2030: Why The Future Is in The Cloud

The future of manufacturing and the forthcoming Fourth Industrial Revolution, also called Industry 4.0, have been accelerated at a pace no one could have predicted before the Covid-19 pandemic. Organizations have witnessed radical advances in both the technological and social spheres. The future of organizations in a digitalized manufacturing industry in the year 2030 will depend on how fast they evolve and embrace change. Inexpensive data storage with increased computing power and Fourth Indus

Preparing for the Unprepared: Strategies for Equitable, Inclusive Education

The Covid-19 pandemic may have emphasized the struggles of students who are preparing to enter into higher education making them academically unprepared. Academically unprepared students are students who may be unable to perform work or demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, or mathematics, or similar topics at the college or university level. Some of the students’ struggles include adaptations in the transition to remote learning, which in cases have made more evident the inequality that

Get Top Marks in Continually Developing Supply Chain Competence | Reuters Events | Supply Chain & Logistics Business Intelligence

Business transformation implies a change in the way a company does business, as well as a development of competence in specific functions and processes. Ideally, a culture of change arises and encourages new ways of working towards a more sustainable supply chain. However, to make these changes, organizations often need help from the outside. The Supply Chain Academy from Hughenden Consulting offers some thoughts on the importance of continuous education in making the shift toward organizationa

Nokia Networks Leads in Supply Chain Operations Excellence | Reuters Events | Supply Chain & Logistics Business Intelligence

Nokia Networks, a 150-year-old Finnish company, has forged an incredible record of reinventing itself. Change and evolution have helped Nokia survive for more than a century. A long history of successful change is embedded in today's Nokia Networks supply chain success. To understand the success of Nokia Networks' supply chain operations, it is important to understand where the company came from; its challenges, its changes, and its metamorphosis from its beginnings in the paper industry back i

Top High-Tech Supply Chain Topics in Pictures | Reuters Events | Supply Chain & Logistics Business Intelligence

Today's global electronics supply chain industry is highly complex and diverse. Keeping the same rapid pace at which the industry is moving is paramount for OEMs. EBN travelled to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to attend the 9th Annual High-Technology and Electronics Supply Chain Summit organized by Eye for Transport (EfT) on May 20 - 21. We got a glimpse of some of the hottest topics in the global electronics supply chain from the array of experts featured there. Insightful speakers and dynamic

Supply Chain of Things: Challenges & Solutions | Reuters Events | Supply Chain & Logistics Business Intelligence

The Internet of Things, (IoT) can bring more complexity to the supply chain, but it can also bring greater visibility affecting the supply chain's operations in a positive way. The IoT will bring supply chains a $1.9 trillion boost. Pascal Fernandez, vice president at Avnet, one of the world's largest global distributors of electronic components, computer products, and embedded technology, spoke at the High-Technology and Electronics Supply Chain Summit in Amsterdam in May about challenges and

Leadership: Why Recruiting More Women In Supply Chain Matters | Reuters Events | Supply Chain & Logistics Business Intelligence

Successful and well-balanced companies know that women business leaders—and their exceptional leadership skills—provide major benefits. But why is recruiting more female talent in supply chain and logistics still an issue? How to search for talent implies having a broad and open mind to look past the obvious, to go beyond conventional methods, and to accept that a better gender balance in supply chain results in a more successful business. But we’re struggling to make that happen in our industr

Advancing Equity: Supporting and Empowering Students with Autism

As an inclusive society, we must ensure an equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for everyone, including people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Thirty years ago, it was rare for a student with ASD to enter college, according to a research paper by Scott L. J. Jackson and published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. However, over the past decades, there has been much improvement in the detection and awareness of ASD in children. Now, wit

The Impact of Mental Health on Student Performance: Part 2

Colleges and universities have invested in extraordinary resources to keep students educated, engaged, stimulated, and well during the pandemic. Just like everyone else, higher education institutions have had to pivot constantly, evolving through different stages of lockdown. Among those resources, higher education institutions across the United States are using Togetherall, an anonymous online peer-to-peer mental health support network moderated by licensed mental health practitioners. But how

Mental Health in Higher Education: Advancing Adversity: Part One

Mental health in college is a top concern that has escalated even more during the Covid-19 pandemic. The mental health crisis is affecting everyone. However, it is disproportionately affecting Black students, who comprise approximately 45 percent of college undergraduates. These students are reportedly among the least likely to seek help. According to The Steve Fund Crisis Response Task Force Report (PDF), 26 percent of Black students, 33 percent of Latino students, and 23 percent of Asian Amer

Future of Higher Education: Four Models Moving Toward 2030

Higher education has not experienced any dramatic change for decades, that is until COVID-19 hit. More than twenty years into the 21st century, we wonder what will drive the future of higher education into the next decade. Education during the 19th century was characterized by an older form of pedagogy; it was emphasized by recitation and memorization with the main approach centered on lectures. Back then, there was a significant evolution in the faculty role. There was an increase in specializ

Creating "Smart Campuses" Through Private LTE Networks

Higher education Chief Information Officers (CIOs) face multiple challenges. These challenges concern network architecture, network security, broadband and Wi-Fi, network accessibility, password security, students and instructors access to learning materials, and tech support to name a few. During and post-pandemic, a new frequent challenge for CIOs is how to ensure student accessibility for distance learning in a blended learning environment. An LTE network (Long-Term Evolution), is a standard

Black Women in Higher Ed Fight Adversity to Become Strong Leaders

Black women in higher education leadership navigate adverse challenges of intersectionality and stereotype threat. Black women in leadership undergo adversity including limited role models, the concrete ceiling, and the intersectionality of racism, sexism, and ageism as well as tokenism to mention just a few. These are the findings reported in a recent research paper titled “Resilient Leadership: A Phenomenological Exploration into How Black Women in Higher Education Leadership Navigate Cultura

Human Organs on Demand: The Art of 3D-Bioprinting a Functioning Heart

Since the beginning of the history of medicine, the complexity of the human heart has been at the center of medical study. In Ancient Egypt, doctors had a pretty accurate knowledge of the internal organs and how they functioned. In particular, they knew a fair amount about the heart. This is interesting because despite embalming was a common practice for the Egyptians, the knowledge was not shared or used by doctors. In Ancient Egypt, invasive surgery was an almost unheard of practice. Yet, the
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Technology is evolutionary and so I am. My interests are as wide and they are diverse. I enjoy researching and writing about anything that picks my curiosity, including the following: 

Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality, Biotechnology, Blockchain, Cleantech, Consumer Electronics, Cryptocurrencies, Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, Automation, Digital Transformation, Future Trends, Innovation, Education, Energy, Enterprise Software, Fintech, Health tech, Industrial Internet & IoT, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine-to-Machine (M2M), Manufacturing technology & Materials, Med tech & Pharma, Life Sciences, Mobile, On-demand Services, Retail tech, Robotics, Space Technology, Education technology, Supply Chain, Electronics Supply Chain, Logistics, Transport & Automotive, Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, Aerospace tech, Smart Cities, Travel, Virtual Reality, Wearable Technology. 

Find below just a few samples of articles I have written on those topics and others. 

If you wish to commission an article, case study, blog, or whitepaper please use the contact form you can find from the drop down menu on the right. Thanks. -Susan 


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