Summary of The Technology Machine

How Manufacturing Will Work in the Year 2020

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The Technology Machine book summary
How will you work in 2020? Imagine yourself as part of an adaptive system, perhaps an on-demand manufacturing firm located where customers live. But some things haven’t changed: systems still must be simple and knowledge is still your biggest asset.


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Patricia A. Moody and Richard E. Morley take a fascinating trip into the future, the not-too distant future, by exploring what manufacturing and product delivery to consumers will look like in the year 2020. By discussing past and current advances, the authors articulately present convincing arguments for their ideas with great zest. Don’t worry, you won’t find impenetrable technological prose here, quite the contrary. Instead, you’ll find visions of point-of-consumption manufacturing, small work groups made up of people who live near their job sites and biotechnology that enables customized creation of replacement body parts. Gene Bylinsky of Fortune magazine calls this well-received volume, "a beautifully written, insightful and important new book... your best guide to success" in the 21st century. getAbstract recommends this book to forward-looking managers who understand that, even in the complex future, the main rule will be: Keep it simple.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What functions breakthrough technology will have to perform in the future;
  • How complex manufacturing systems will lead to simple solutions; and
  • What working and living will be like in the future.


The Technology Machine in Action
Autonomous agents, emergent systems and complexity theory will change the way you live and work in the 21st century. Today’s manufacturing and production systems will grow more and more complicated, leading the science of complexity to produce paradoxically...
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About the Authors

Patricia E. Moody is the former editor of Target magazine. She is a manufacturing management consultant and writer with more than 25 years of industry experience. Her client list includes Solectron, Motorola, Johnson & Johnson and Mead Corporation. Richard E. Morley , the CEO of Flavors Technology, Inc., is the founder or co-founder of more than ten companies, including Modicon and Andover Controls.

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