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The Northern Miner podcast – episode 79: The cobalt craze (!) & AI in mining ft. IBM

Northern Miner publisher Anthony Vaccaro speaks at the Progressive Mine Forum in Toronto. Photo by The Northern Miner.

We’re going high-tech this week with a focus on technological metals and the future of big data in the mining industry. Matt chats with Cobalt 27 Capital’s (TSXV: KBLT) chairman and CEO Anthony Milewski (7:30) about the rising interest in tech-friendly metals like cobalt (13:00) and lithium.

Anthony talks about his recent visit to LME Week in London where he heard bullish talk about the mid-term outlook for copper and nickel (18:00). We also discuss an announcement by Volkswagen (US-OTC: VLKAY) and the near-term applications of lithium-ion battery technologies for civil power grids (13:48).

Matt then sits down with Kevin Reardon (27:30), ‎Energy and Mining Advisor at IBM‘s (NYSE: IBM; LON: IBM) Natural Resources Solution Centre, at The Northern Miner‘s Progressive Mine Forum in Toronto, where we discuss potential applications of big data and machine learning in the mining industry. IBM was one of the forum’s sponsors.

Kevin outlines IBM’s approach to the natural resource sectors and why he thinks technology might impact everything from exploration to production. We specifically chat about IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence technology, and teaching computers to think like geologists and engineers (29:00)!

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