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Recently I had the privilege of participating in Techonomy Detroit, a gathering of business, civic, nonprofit and academic leaders, where I was able to take a step back from my daily focus on the Plex Manufacturing Cloud and think about the broader impact of technology and manufacturing on communities and society.
To those of us who live in metro Detroit – the heart of American manufacturing – we know first-hand that communities thrive when manufacturing is strong. In fact, The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) estimates that a dollar in manufacturing demand creates $1.48 in other services and production, higher than any other sector. For manufacturers, technology is an essential aspect of their ability to compete.
During the event, I had the opportunity to sit down with leaders from Ford, Siemens, TechShop and the McKinsey Global Institute to explore how technology is driving new advances in manufacturing. Here are a few interesting takeaways:
I left the day inspired by the candid debate about the potential and impact of new technologies. And you can join in – videos of all the sessions are available on the Techonomy website.