"History, Math, Technology, George Jetson and ERP" by Mike Guay

Gartner 11 Jan 2019 03:16

I like history.  It’s an affectation I’ve had since my school days.  It’s amazing what you can learn by studying history. Going all the way back to the Persians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans…and George Jetson.

The Jetsons were on TV in 1965. It’s history – ask my kids. The Jetsons was supposed to take place 50 years in the distant future – 2015.  Think about that.  We have robots, automated appliances (sort of), voice activated intelligent helpers “Alexa order pizza”, and moving walkways. They just haven’t figured out that whole flying car thing. Yet.robot-2256814_640

Over the holidays, as an unabashed geek, I spent a lot of time watching hours and hours of Netflix series on math, algorithms and history.  It was relaxing and enjoyable.  And it gave my kids and friends something to tease me about.  The hours of assimilating information on those topics were stored somewhere in my subconscious while I was pondering what to write for this blog post.

This afternoon I read an interesting article in McKinsey on what they termed ‘lighthouse’ manufacturing companies.  It discussed how early-adopting “lighthouse” factories are implementing advanced manufacturing and AI-driven technology at scale, and seeing significant gains1. (The “lighthouse” refers to “lighting” the way).

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