2016 Event Highlights


Exponential Manufacturing 2016 was the first in what is now an annual look at the ever-changing future of manufacturing. The 2017 iteration will be bigger, more bold, and updated for a new year of exponential technological change. Until then, take a look at videos, session recaps and photos from 2016 to get an idea of the community and content that makes this event a must-attend for any serious manufacturing professional.

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The Big Shift: Then, Now & Tomorrow

Our global economy is rapidly shifting to a new set of rules, and industries are being fundamentally reshaped. Few arenas are as affected as manufacturing, which is re-inventing everything from the ways that products are envisioned, to the ways they are delivered. What does this Big Shift mean for manufacturing in the future?

“The means of production are becoming increasingly affordable, and if they're not - they're available for rent.”

- John Hagel

2016 Presenter: John Hagel, Co-Chairman at Deloitte's Center for the Edge

Bringing "Change In A Day" to our Factory Floors

With the emergence of 3D printing and digital manufacturing, the speed at which we can design and re-design new products is unprecedented. The game now is matching the speed of designers with the speed of engineers and workers on the factory floors. As part of GE’s Brilliant Factory initiative, Christine is leading a global team of 600+ manufacturing engineers to integrate new digital tools that deliver greater speed and efficiency to the manufacture of new products. During her talk, Christine discusses the impact of the digital industrial revolution on manufacturing.

“It starts with something we call the digital thread. It’s the idea that if we’re connected, we can be better.”

- Christine Furstoss

2016 presenter: Christin Furstoss, Vice President and Technical Director, Manufacturing & Materials Technologies at GE Global Research

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Machine learning and AI will disrupt every industry in the near future - and every aspect of manufacturing - from production through the supply chain. We'll see big improvements in a machine's ability to learn like a human, which will allow AI to surpass people at many work-related tasks, thereby bringing about major societal change and incredible competitive advantages for those who leverage these technologies.

“AI is computer science accelerating other technologies.”

- Neil Jacobstein

2016 presenter: Neil Jacobstein, AI & Robotics Co-Chair at Singularity University & Former CEO at Teknowledge Corporation

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