In December of 1993, Nigel Smith lost his leg. He climbed up on a conveyor belt in the steel mill where he worked in Australia. The well-meaning intention was to unjam some products that had clogged the assembly. While still standing on the belt, he flipped over a tube which auto-initiated the start cycle. The unexpected motion caused him to fall, and he became caught with his leg trapped between two plates.
In 1848, California became a hot spot of activity when gold was discovered near the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Fast forward 171 years to 2019, and a modern-day gold rush has companies across the technology industry all angling for a piece of the pie. And this time, it’s not just in California – it’s on a global scale.