By John Koten
The future of manufacturing can be described in a short story: We have an engineer at home, who suddenly started getting texts pushed to his phone. There were problems in the factory where he works, but humans were not the ones sharing this information. It was instead machines taking care of other machines, and the decision making process was still in the head of this engineer. In the end, he opened up his smart phone and started making adjustments to the factory from far. Welcome to the future. This is happening nowadays. Companies are developing self-monitoring and remote control technologies more advanced than ever before. The new industrial era is around the corner. Machines are making everything, and they are making other machines thus reducing human input. This new era is rising potential new job requirements where more intellectual software-driven individuals will be needed for this development, but at the same time, rising the potential risk of intellectual theft. At the end of the day, this technology only offers a mechanical benefit only. Competition issues will only be solved in the court.
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