Realizing the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence - Manufacturing Leadership Council


It's always tempting to begin an article on AI with some form of science fiction analogy, but the truth is that the technology has been around almost as long as the genre! Some of the people reading this, like me, may remember the burst of excitement around AI in the 1980s and 90s. We've come a long way since then, and many facets of AI, especially machine learning, have become very mature. The increasing digital transformation happening within manufacturing is bringing the potential of AI into focus. International Data Corp., a technology research firm based in Framingham, MA, suggests that manufacturing companies are "at the heart of a perfect storm, both living with and seeking to exploit disruptive technologies such as cloud, big data, AI-assisted analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), while facing increasing IT security challenges, regulatory pressures and a changing workforce".1 The explosion of big data and IoT is pivotal.