Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 13, 2008
The DC-based research and consulting firm Social Technologies recently released a series of 12 briefs that shed light on the top areas for technology innovation through 2025. The brief on advanced manufacturing, by futurist Matthew Sollenberger, is the seventh trend in the series.
"Advanced manufacturing in 2025 will stem from the evolution of smart software, robotics, and smart-sensor networks," Sollenberger forecasts. "These will then facilitate new developments and capabilities in computer-aided design and production processes."
Sollenberger foresees improvements in quality control and production efficiency that may enable the rise of mass customization--i.e., the ability to produce low quantities of specific products in a profitable and high-quality manner.
Drivers of Manufacturing Innovation:
Currently, the push to improve advanced manufacturing is being driven by the following factors:
Advanced manufacturing is on course to develop into a formidable market force, Sollenberger believes, but he points to obstacles that will need to be overcome. These include:
As advanced manufacturing continues to develop, it will likely redefine present methods of customization and thus have significant commercial and social impacts:
To talk to Matthew Sollenberger about the business implications, wildcards, and other implications, contact Hope Gibbs, Social Technologies' Leader of Corporate Communications: hope.gibbs @ socialtechnologies.com.
About Matthew Sollenberger:
Futurist Matthew Sollenberger joined the research team at Social Technologies in the spring of 2007. Previously he worked as a research analyst at The Arlington Institute (TAI), a futurist consultancy in Northern Virginia, where he focused on the Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning Project for an Asian government, and engaged in Middle Eastern conflict modeling, systems thinking, and morphological analysis. Also at TAI, he co-authored a paper on the implications of wildcards for long-term US national security interests, published in the Fall 2006 issue of National Strategy Forum Review. A 2005 graduate of Swarthmore College's political science program--with high honors and a minor in peace and conflict studies--Matthew brings to the job a passion for global issues. While in college, he was a research assistant at the World Policy Institute, working on its Counter-Terrorism Project. Matthew collaborated on a paper, "Prisons and the Education of Terrorists," that was published in the Fall 2004 issue of World Policy Journal. Areas of expertise include Foreign policy, Technology.
About Social Technologies:
Social Technologies is a global research and consulting firm specializing in the integration of foresight, strategy, and innovation. With offices in Washington DC, London, and Shanghai, Social Technologies serves the world's leading companies, government agencies, and nonprofits. A holistic, long-term perspective combined with actionable business solutions helps clients mitigate risk, make the most of opportunities, and enrich decision-making. For information visit http://www.socialtechnologies.com, our blog: http://changewaves.socialtechnologies.com, and our newsletter: http://www.socialtechnologies.com/changewaves