From 2000-2010, North America lost 5.6 million manufacturing jobs, 85% of which stemmed from machines replacing human workers.
In 2016 the design world saw the tools for algorithm-based design become easily accessible. With design thinking being widely adopted by business people and AI-based design tools available to non-designers, the competitive bar for professional designers is being raised. The design industry challenge is to re-think the role of designer and meet this competitive threat.
Industrial companies have to become automated to survive, and many are building highly integrated engines to capture data from these design teams, supply chains, production lines, and quality control. This digital revolution is likely to accelerate with the market for smart manufacturing tools expected to hit $250 billion by 2018. Is AI spearheading the next manufacturing revolution?