“The Future of manufacturing is really about “for the good of all.” Mike Galiazzo
A large crowd turned out to hear from key leaders about the future of manufacturing.
Mike Galiazzo’s opening remarks set the stage for a visionary look at the Future of Manufacturing followed by Mark Rice, President, Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, Mei Xu, Co-Founder, Chesapeake Bay Candle and Demian Costa, Managing Partner, Sagamore Ventures LLC each elevating the conversation as they spoke eloquently on their views of our industry’s future.
Let’s begin (pause) by taking you into the future…. The year is 2047, three decades from today, and we are in the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The AWAC antenna, developed under the guidance of my friend Aris Melissaratos at Westinghouse, still hovers over us. A relic of the 3rd industrial revolution, it foreshadowed the 4th industrial revolution or Manufacturing 4.O and the application in manufacturing of Big Data, Internet of Things, cloud commuting, digitization, 3d printing and scanning, and Nano and Bio technologies. Manufacturing 4.0 is the marriage of the physical aspects of manufacturing to all things digital.
In the year 2047, the museum houses relics of the past 30 years. There is the last car manufactured that enabled a human to drive it, the first BBJ Flexible E-newspaper Screen producing daily electronic editions of the news. The first 3d printed shoe by Under Armour, and garments embedded with technology that read vital signs, kept doctors informed, and provided nutrients to our body for improved performance. Boots by Dunlop footwear, embedded with sensors to change colors, heat and cool feet, and generate electricity just from walking.
To my left is a Maryland made M3D printer, the first low cost home use 3d printer sitting next to a 2040’s 4d printer that instantly printed self-assembled products for home and personal use based on physical materials and embedded DNA that gave products the ability to create customized forms when an energy source was applied. There is an old Direct Dimensions full body 3d scanner, a Maritime Applied Physics Corporations autonomous defense water vehicle, inviable to the technology of the era, and in the home furnishing products section is the first made Candle/ led ambient light, by Chesapeake Bay Candle, that required no batters because the candle’s heat generated electricity for the led.
In the back is a special exhibit on the history of hand held mobile phones, that ended in the 2030’s , replaced by extreme miniaturization, voice control and holograms projected from our belt buckles that allowed us to speak to people as they, digitally, stood in front of us. These decades old disruptive technologies, and many others, led to the demise of the supply chain – and of course Amazon
The museum houses products dramatically changed by technologies like artificial intelligence cognitive machine learning, deep learning, augmented realty, and more. They were extraordinary discoveries resulting in amazing new products for health and life sciences, energy sciences, environmental sciences and Cyber Security.
The most impactful new player coming out of manufacturing back then was IBM’s Watson. Watson had proven that against humans, it could win at chess, win at Jeopardy, and win at poker. Anita Kassof, the museum director, was quick to put Watson on display with the support of RCM&D, a company that invested in the future of manufacturing. A smart move by a smart leader and a SMART company.
Watson created a tectonic shift overlapping the power of machines and the ingenuity and values of humans to work together in a dramatically more powerful way, for the good of all.
In 2018, Joanna Sullivan Editor in Chief, of the BBJ, in a remarkable editorial wrote “Baltimore leaders of business, education, government and communities, formed a partnership with IBM’s Smarter Cities Initiative that significantly transformed Baltimore. This was an extreme visionary moment. Baltimore’s creative leaders were able to use Watson’s decision making power, fueled by data from every aspect of Baltimore’s social, cultural, educational and business bases, to create a powerful system for solving problems, for creating extraordinary efficiencies, for transforming systems at quantum speeds and for bringing our city together.”
Supercharged by Watson and SMART disruptive thinking by Baltimore leaders, the city that gave us the Star Spangled banner, became a national showcase for next generation American manufacturing. That achievement raised the standard of living of residents, moved communities from poverty to power, and elevated hopes and aspirations based on actions and a grand sense of purpose. It was Baltimore’s new anthem. “O say can you see”
Manufacturing in 2017 became the jumpstart industry for making “Goods that were good for the world” Machines and People became integrated into a new work modality that supercharged research, design and production. It was a time when the industry experienced great leaps in advanced technologies, continuous disruption and an acceleration of innovation that today seems insignificant, but then is was a quantum step into the Future of Manufacturing and the industry’s role beyond just business.
Cloud competing exploded in volume and kind, with data collected by autonomous vehicles, Big Data became Mega Data and later leading to today’s Super Mega Data Cloud Computing.
These marvelous inventions of the past, that today give us unmatched quality, do not tell the story of the social, economic and environmental impact fostered by our industry that began with those early leaders. Today we have a social compact that views manufacturing as a system of social change leading to new rules of free enterprise and public private sector partnerships based on a simple value proposition “for the good of all”.
Today we enjoy a carbon free environment and our Light City is illuminated by the canopy of bright shining stars every night; not seen in Baltimore for over 200 years. This is the result of moving toward hydrogen fuel cells, and wind, solar, kinetic and geothermal energies that produce today’s clean water, clean air and celestial magic.
We enjoy all of this and much more because early visionaries in 2017 were unwilling to embrace the old or to go along to get along. They were able to think big and act bold with an unstoppable spirit of possibility that they would lead the charge across the new divide to ensure that manufacturing became a system of social change and economic justice by maintaining a pathway from poverty to prosperity. Those Value driven visionaries became the architects of their future and the pioneers of our new enlightened and enlivened world today. A world of civility, community and compassion.
Our combined advanced manufacturing technological enterprises allow us to be healthier, live longer, enjoy life, keep our environment clean, protect and respect people around the globe and to be good stewards of the earth’s land, sea and air, and life.
It fostered the growth of an environment that allows us to raise our aspirations, to elevate our sense of self-worth, to create social equality, appreciate the arts and creative lifestyles and most of all to find deeper meaning for our existence. We enjoy a strong sense of connectedness, purpose and spirituality because we have been liberated by advanced manufacturing and principled minded manufacturers of the past.
Those early pioneers, like Mark Rice, Mei She and Demian Costa, and many others, they knew that technology in the hands of those who cared about others, who desired change, not just for a company, but for entire societies, those pioneers, those visionaries, those extraordinary and extraordinary people, they knew, as we know now, that the Future of manufacturing is really about “for the good of all.”
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- Demian Costa, Managing Partner, Sagamore Ventures LLC
- Mark Rice, President, Maritime Applied Physics Corporation
- Mei Xu, Co-Founder, Chesapeake Bay Candle