Trends for Industry 4.0 through 2034

The German vision of Industry 4.0 will arrive, however not before 2025. Already in April 2014, eight out of ten German companies and technical universities did agree upon that, IT security and insufficient academic preparation being two of the main reasons. Over the year, Sogeti VINT substantially contributed to the topic by describing the potential and the ambition of both Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.

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In July, in our blog post Industry 4.0 by the Numbers until 2025 (for Germany), we drew your attention to a new study from Fraunhofer IAO and BITKOM that detailed how Industry 4.0 would entail decentralized, networked, self-controlled production processes, governed by machines and humans alike. This should allow not only new business models, but also significant productivity gains.

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The Time to Start #LeadingDigital is Now

3D printing in the sky

3Dprinting1Like a child concentrating sunlight with a magnifying glass,  intense laser light can be “printed” into a tiny spot in the air. The system, has a possible value for advertisers, but could be used to send alerts and evacuation advisories during major natural disasters because they can be seen day and night and do not require screens.

The company that has developed this technology comes from Japan and is called Burton Inc. Here you see a projection that they are working on and hope to present in the near future. Instead of projecting three walking men, they’re also thinking on a version that projects the word ‘TSUNAMI’.

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The Hoverboard is finally real

The wheel has finally got some competition.

A killer app for wearables?

killer-mobile-appSo smartwatches, the most general wearable today, are extensions of phones. They serve you a stripped down mobile experience and try to make the best out of filtering notifications. Over time I think smartwatches will become the new phones: your one does-it-all device. But only if we fix battery issues, increase power in such small devices and add standalone connectivity. If not, I guess we will ditch the watches again and stay with our smartphones.

A lot of people ask me whats the killer app for wearables. I tell them there isn’t one.

I think the killer app for wearables in general is in using single-purpose devices for specific contexts. [Read more...]

Cellphone Wormholes

“What is so intriguing about this interplay between technology and the human imagination is that here we are dealing with the equation. As I imagine, so I become – and this is the very essence of magic.” – Nevill Drury

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The Fine Art of Destructive Recreation — by B. Joseph Pine II

UntitledEconomies evolve, produce wealth, and remain vital when the process of ever-changing markets, offerings, and enterprises “incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one. This process of Creative Destruction is the essential fact about capitalism.” The famous Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter told us this in his groundbreaking book from 1947, Capitalism, Socialism, & Democracy.

To withstand the Schumpeterian Gale of Creative Destruction, the enterprise must be destructively recreating itself over and over again by innovating within the enterprise at least as much as is going on in its ecosystems. Anything less and the enterprise will eventually get blown over by others moving faster, operating better, and creating greater value.

The situation today is essentially the same however more intense at the same time, Joe Pine says. Schumpeter’s waves accelerate. We used to think that:

  • goods and services were enough;
  • we could invent great products & mass produce them for years;
  • materiality conferred advantage;
  • the best way to manage was to optimize the enterprise.

DEAD WRONG! Now instead we must: [Read more...]