Like many things in our lives, and as a result of the technological revolution, cities are subject to a constant transformation as they respond to the needs of the citizens who live in them and maintain or increase their sustainability. With the emergence of the IoT (Internet of Things), cities will undergo huge transformations aimed at both solving the problems which, in many cases, are already besetting them – as is the case of pollution – and providing people with more and better services.
Very rarely do leading technology companies and professionals get the chance to see how societal changes impact the core of our business. In this sense, we cannot help but notice how our connectivity paradigms mirror the human sphere of our society. Trends in technology are often influenced by the changes that shape our world and social environment. Here, I would like to take a moment to talk about the late philosopher and sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, who coined the term “liquid modernity” to describe our ever-changing society (characterized by globalization, individualism, and communication and information technologies).
Now that we are close to celebrating its 70th anniversary, the growing scope of Artificial Intelligence and the direct and indirect role it plays in our daily lives and in future developments cannot be contested. A quick review of the most relevant breakthroughs in the field, from Turing’s test in the 1950s (the first designed to study a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior) to the most sophisticated deep learning techniques found today, is enough to demonstrate the progress made in the last few decades.
The single most important message we’ve been trying to get across in all of our previous blog posts is that Digital Transformation processes are not linked to technology itself, but to the manner in which we use this technology to boost business (cost saving mechanisms, revenue, customers, etc.). Technology is a tool that must be used to its fullest potential, but properly. Investing in technology just for the sake of it or doing it without having previously assessed its impact and the return on the investment, is useless spending.
3D printing, also known as direct digital manufacturing or additive manufacturing, has come to revolutionize every sector of industry; at the design level, building prototypes and even serial production, producing fully functional parts for the most demanding of applications quickly, cheaply and accurately.
Corporations can generate large volumes of data through the products and services they offer to their customers. Analyzing these data appropriately can provide very useful information for optimizing and improving the services offered and even generating new products and services. In short, good data analysis can give a corporation clear competitive advantages.