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The Reality of Intelligent Manufacturing

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As the Industrial Internet of Things and smart factories mature, mixed reality and smart headsets will play an increasingly important role.

VALERIE C. COFFEY, SCIENCE WRITER

“Rise of the Machines,” the third “Terminator” sci-fi movie, features a future controlled by cold, calculating cyborgs that make their own decisions, including going back in time to exterminate the human resistance. While the evolution of machines using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to design and build improved machines is still a long way off (much less the ability to time travel), smart factories — the highly productive phenomena at the center of the Industry 4.0/Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) revolution — are growing and succeeding. Manufacturing in smart factories ideally involves robots using data-driven decision-making to automatically improve processes on the fly to produce everything from soup to aircraft more efficiently and cost-effectively.

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artificial intelligence
The ability of a machine to perform certain complex functions normally associated with human intelligence, such as judgment, pattern recognition, understanding, learning, planning and problem solving.
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