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 

Future of Higher Ed: Collaborative Robots as Future Colleagues

Future jobs within technology sectors, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D-printing, genetics, space sciences, and biotechnology are expected to dominate in the coming decades. Due to this, new frameworks and curriculums are going to be developed to respond to the rate of change and complexity of employment. Educational programs will shift toward innovation and academic settings will require a simultaneous treatment of adopting robots able to collaborate with both instructors and students.

Digital Transformation: Technology Trends, Priorities and Predictions for 2022 and Beyond

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), Cloud Computing, and 5G will be the most important technologies in 2022, according to a new study conducted by IEEE called ‘The Impact of Technology in 2022 and Beyond.’ The report includes a survey of 350 CTOs, CIOs, and IT Directors, and other technology leaders at organizations with over 1,000 employees across multiple industry sectors, including banking and financial services, consumer goods, education, electronics, engineering, energy,

Future of Higher Education: How 3D-Printing is Impacting Colleges and Universities

Education 4.0 is bringing education technologists and academics to work together looking for better ways to engage, attract, and retain students. Embracing and adopting different technologies in education is the way to move forward. 3D-printing (3DP) —and its industrial application referred to as additive manufacturing (AM)— is advancing innovation across every industry. According to a report, the global 3D-printing market is expected to grow and reach 15.3 million units of 3D-printers shipped

Future of Higher Education: Adoption of Virtual Reality

The future of education involves instruction for the digital age. Trends in Education 4.0 are accelerating the adoption of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in higher education institutions. Although still in the early stages, the technology is being adopted by universities as a teaching platform with reported positive results. The combined Virtual and Augmented Reality (VAR) technology facilitates immersive learning through the use of virtual environments that replicate those env

9 Trends to Look for in Higher Education 4.0

With the new year around the corner many educational leaders are wondering what the future will bring for colleges and universities. The short answer is: More focus on Education 4.0. The use of technology in education pre-Covid pandemic was sluggish. During lockdowns in 2020 the Fourth Education Revolution or Education 4.0 began to bloom. According to a recent study, 81 percent of teachers in the United States reported that their experience with educational technology went up as a result of th

Artificial Intelligence to Play Instrumental Role in Future of Higher Education

Many researchers believe that Artificial Intelligence (AI) has more potential to change higher education than any other technology. The potential and impact of AI on teaching have prompted some colleges and universities to take a closer look at it, accelerating its adoption across campuses. For perspective, the global AI market is projected to reach almost $170 billion by 2025. By 2028, the AI market size is expected to gain momentum by reaching over $360 billion, registering a growth rate of 3

Addressing the Rise in Depression and Anxiety on College Campuses

Ongoing uncertainties are forcing colleges and universities to increase their offerings of mental health services. Many educational institutions are realizing that the pandemic continues to affect their students; they are pushed to respond to students who are still processing events, loss of family members, and their own struggles with stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, loneliness, and suicidal ideation, according to a number of recent studies. The Centers for Disease Control and Pre

Making Higher Ed Safe: How Air Purifiers Can Reduce the Spread of Covid-19

Colleges and universities have been developing plans to reduce virus transmission in order to protect students and faculty’s health. Returning to face-to-face education means being exposed to the possibility of getting infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Studies have shown that despite being vaccinated, infection and transmission of the virus is possible. Some colleges and universities have imposed a mask mandate on their students and faculty when returning to campus. How

Digital Transformation, Student Centricity at the Core of Higher Education

As blended learning takes the central stage in higher education institutions, education leaders need to make sure that everyone on campus has access to the quality and secure connectivity that today’s applications and devices require for their optimal performance. Reza Jafari, CEO and Founder of e-Development International and Jake Stine, Principal Architect at AT&T Business joined Fierce Education’s Head of Content Elliot Markowitz to discuss how colleges and universities can design or upgrade

Digital Transformation Toward 2023: The Digital CEO Agenda

The Covid-19 pandemic disruption has reset organizations globally. If we think about the lockdown and restrictions as a ‘metamorphosis process’, we could say that businesses will emerge from the cocoon with extra wings powered by an accelerated digital transformation. As enterprises rebuild and replan, the digital CEO agenda shifts to a digital-first world that may require new investments. Spending on Digital Transformation will continue to grow as we move forward. According to market research

NACCE and IBM Partner to Use Skills-Based Learning

Strategic partnerships between higher education institutions and technology industry leaders are at the core of digital transformation in education. Strategic collaborations result beneficial not only to institutions but also to students. Most recently, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and IBM will convene five member colleges to review IBM’s SkillsBuild platform in order to develop an educator resource portal. The academic partnership is part of IBM’s glo

Students Share Their Vision for the University of the Future

The question of what learning and teaching should look like at the university of the future is being discussed around the world. Moreover, with the founding of a new technical university in Upper Austria, global students at the first Festival University presented their ideas and visions at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria. The Festival University is an international hybrid summer university started by Johannes Kepler University (JKU) and Ars Electronica. One hundred selected student

Tips for Colleges and Universities to Optimize Their Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi connected devices such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, and gaming consoles are not the only smart devices you can typically find across campus in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT). From thermostats to smart locks to security cameras pretty much everything is connected to the Wi-Fi network. This means that operational efficiency cannot be neglected, otherwise it can cause real chaos as Suffolk University has learned. Suffolk University in Boston, MA, realized that connected thermo

Higher Education Needs to Move Toward Mass-Personalization

Every industry, from health sciences to marketing to manufacturing, is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to facilitate the delivery of mass-personalization, yet education has been slow in its adoption. These smart systems create personalized solutions targeted to meet the unique needs of every individual. Artificial Intelligence-based technologies have the potential of serving as tools for educators to provide personalized learning. However, for mass-personalization to work, institutions first

University Students Protest Color Coded Vaccination Wristbands

Students returning to campus for the first Freshers’ week in two years find themselves in the awkward situation of having to declare their Covid-19 vaccination status and being given wristbands to be identified publicly if they have been vaccinated, or not. This move is causing alarm in England as the universities involved seem to be going beyond the Department of Education’s advice of making face masks mandatory indoors and U.S. higher education institutions are watching closely. A new form of
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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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