A Look Through Futurists’ Eyes

Three futurists share their thoughts on the potential impact technology will have on manufacturing environments. See the full article by Peter Fretty in IndustryWeek.

Technology has taken centerstage in today’s digital economy—and for good reason. As geographical boundaries dissipate, it is often an organization’s ability to effectively embrace and strategically leverage manufacturing technology that ultimately defines its ability to innovate or even survive.

I don’t think technology is at the heart of manufacturing in years to come. Emerging technologies are largely known, and include AI, robotics, IoT, sensors, microlocation tech, wearables, micro/nanotech and Factory App platforms stitching them together. What drives change is what I call the Four Forces of Disruption: tech, policy, business models and social dynamics.

Trond Undheim, futurist