The Intelligent Miner

Sometimes, when it comes to applying and advancing new technologies, it can be valuable to look outside of the mining industry to sectors, and experts, with different understanding and experiences.

Which is how I found myself sat in a virtual coffee shop with Missy Cummings in April.

Currently a Professor at Duke University Pratt School of Engineering and the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences, Cummings is also the director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory.

She has advised many companies on autonomous systems across multiple sectors, including miners like Rio Tinto and, if that resumé isn’t impressive enough for you, she began her career as one of the first female fighter pilots in the US military.

While Cummings scrolled through various Zoom backdrop options including hell and a zombie apocalypse (perhaps a little too close to home right now?!) I asked where she thought the mining industry is…

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