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A Future That Might Never Be; Technology Without Robotics

By Art van Bodegraven | 02/16/2018 | 11:27 AM

Please enjoy the thoughts and musings of our friend, supporter, and long-time contributor Art van Bodegraven Jr., who passed away on June 18, 2017. Art was a prolific writer and had amassed a collection of unpublished blog posts he had planned to run well into the future. To honor his memory, we will continue to post these remaining blogs as he had intended. If you’ve been a fan of The Art of Art blog, check out our tribute.


Optimistic views of the future, thirst for transformations in medicine, food, and more.  We anticipate 3D self-propogating body parts, and precision robotics, that can perform amazing feats of incision, excision, and body repair.

In a variant of the field, IBM'S Watson is busy crunching numbers in hopes of refining Artificial Intelligence(AI) to discover new technology applications.

But, we have scratched another surface, none involving precision technology.  The action, per Fortune magazine is centered in pharma, genomics, agriculture, and reduced wait times for treatment.

Hardwired solutions abound: Uber, Lyft, Concentra, Nomad Health, Johns Hopkins, GE Healthcare.  The genomic solutions include: Crispr, Cpf1, Cas9, Editas, Allergan, Keytruda, and 23andMe.  Big Pharma puts big-time players on the field: Merck, but Food is red hot: MemphisMeats, Aquabounty, Impossible Foods (in general, plant-based, lab-grown, and fast growing).  The traditional industry giants stand astride the planet: Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, DuPont, GMO's and Syngenta, along with ChemChina).

This view of the future is radically different from the technology applications that, with robotics,have been the center of our thinking.



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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.


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