I’ve been reading a lot about predictions. As a CEO, lawyer and company founder of Notiphy.io, a connected worker and process management platform, I can tell you that not even AI’s top dogs could have predicted what is happening in the world today.
The implications of the pandemic as it relates to innovation, especially in the manufacturing sector, will be felt for years to come.
Duncan Davidson, a general partner with venture firm Bullpen Capital, recently told Business Insider that in the United States and in other mature economies, the only way that's going to work, economically, is via automation.
"The biggest implication [of the coronavirus outbreak] is going to be more rapid adoption of automation," Davidson said. "We've been talking about AI, robotics, additive manufacturing. I think that now accelerates."
And, the article points out, this is good news for those who have infused capital into startups that were ahead of the reactions. Those who anticipated these trends will hopefully be able to thrive. As countries and companies re-think their supply chains, Davidson believes that robotics and advanced automation are likely to be “big ones”.
"To make it come back home," he told Business Insider, "you've got to believe in automation — robotics, AI, 3D printing. That's another whole industrial sector that becomes a lot more interesting to invest in.”
The merger of remote work and automation is one that we at Notiphy take seriously. There is a lot to be said for being able to social distance on the manufacturing plant floor. Before the pandemic, our goal was to remove the element of the paper job traveler and have plant workers use digital tools and automation to electronically sign off on completed tasks. We could not have predicted this pandemic, but what we did predict was that the manufacturing sector was a prime target for digital transformation. Worker safety has new implications that need to be addressed.
Read the full article from Business Insider here and check out what Notiphy is doing to change the game with quick, simple automation to go paperless. Our whitepaper explains how digitizing improves your bottom line.