Originally presented on March 21th, 2018


The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in history. Medical treatment systems, the power grid, manufacturing lines, process control and transportation systems work today the same way they did 20 years ago. But in the next few years, engineers in every industry will find a way to leverage the amazing change in compute power and networking. That feat will threaten everyone and everything that does not respond.

The rise of incredibly-powerful connected computing is not just another of N factors in design. It is the factor. This change will rewrite vendor relationships, redefine profitability, and re-imagine delivery from environment to cost to product. Today’s system designs must last decades. If you are a designer, your challenge is to look beyond today's experience into a future, the future, dominated by intelligent computing…the Robot Overlords.

Watch this first introduction for definition of key terms and application categories of the IIoT. We will focus on common drivers of the most exciting autonomy applications, drawing on real examples from smart medicine, renewable energy and autonomous cars. Finally, we look at the economic impact on employment and industry.