I attended the technology trends session of Autodesk University 2016. As digital technologies such as generative design, augmented reality, the internet of things (IoT), and artificial intelligence transform the processes of design, creation, and usage — what will the impact be? Are these technologies changing the way we approach and answer questions about the best way to design or build something? What does this change mean for living, working, and designing in the modern age? This session addressed these questions.
Autodesk Explorer-in-Residence, Jonathan Knowles and special guests from Amazon, Intel, HP, and Dell had a fascinating conversation about how this new era is shaping the future of how things are made. Before the panel discussion, each company representative shared his thought-provoking take on the future of making things and the future of work.
During the panel discussion, the following observations were made:
Today, technologies that once seemed impossible, like a brain to computer interface, allow a quadriplegic to move a robotic hand with his mind. He can shake a visitor's hand or bring a cup with a straw to his mouth.
In the future, one can imagine a world where computation will be part of any surface. Interfacing with computers will be as natural as interfacing with humans.
Today, one can ask technologies like Apple Siri, Google Alexa, or Amazon Echo where one can buy laundry detergent. Soon, you will be able to ask these technologies to buy some detergent and have it delivered. Now long after that, these technologies will know that you need detergent because the near-empty detergent bottle has already alerted them.
It was great to hear from Autodesk partners that as technology companies, we share a common vision of the future of making and the future of work.
Outlook confirmation is alive in the lab.