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In the United States, a new cancer-fighting drug is on schedule to hit the market in half the time—and at half the cost—cancer drugs typically take. Pharmaceutical start-up Berg Health used a supercomputer to analyse tissue samples from cancer patients and cancer-free individuals, and then collate the 14 trillion data points from each sample into meaningful categories. With this information—the sheer quantity of which would have been impossible for humans to process—scientists have been able to create a new and sophisticated response to a devastating disease, and within a time-frame that was previously impossible to contemplate.
This is Intelligent Automation in action, where man and machine combine their strengths to reinvent the possible. As seen in Berg Health’s lab, smart machines offer scale, speed and the ability to cut through complexity—skills that are different from, but complementary to what human workers are capable of. Together, they are pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved. And by changing what can be achieved, Intelligent Automation is reshaping entire industries.
We are seeing this happen globally, and here in Malaysia, where companies like Hong Leong Bank, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Royal Malaysia Police have successfully deployed Intelligent Automation. Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has noted the potential of such technology to allow for more effective and cost-efficient delivery of healthcare and traffic management, among other things, as the country readies itself for the digital economy.