What I Learned This Week

"Artificial intelligence will transform manufacturing." AI, blockchain, 3D printers, and augmented reality are converging to disrupt the $10 trillion global manufacturing sector—creating new winners and losers.

The preceding quote by AI expert Andrew Ng, former head of AI for Baidu and creator of the deep-learning Google Brain project, characterizes the creative destruction that is beginning to sweep through factories. AI will increasingly take center stage across the manufacturing value chain—from sourcing raw materials to tracking end products and interpreting gathered data to improve products and reduce costs. Manufacturing touches virtually everything in our daily lives, and Ng believes that integrating AI represents a way to bring digital transformation to the physical world. No other sector of the economy generates more data than manufacturing, notes McKinsey, yet few companies harness it. F…

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