With strong polarizing influencing tugging on this issue, what is the actual position that automation will eventually take? According to Accenture's Nigel Court, the most realistic place is likely somewhere in the middle. "Automation is now being looked at not as a panacea to fix productivity and efficiency on site, rather people are focusing on how it can be applied to solve specific problems encountered on site," Court told Australian Mining's Cole Latimer in his article A Revolution Revolt? The Next Stage of Mining Automation
. Court went on to explain that one of Accenture's clients was considering full site automation, but after evaluation "they've come to realize that a combination of both manned and unmanned
[is needed] to gain top performance."