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The Technology Machine

The Technology Machine

How Manufacturing Will Work in the Year 2000

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How will autonomous agents, emergent systems, and chaos theory change the way we live and work in the twenty-first century? As today's manufacturing and production systems grow increasingly complex, tomorrow's science of complexity will produce paradoxically simple solutions, argue technology experts Patricia Moody and Richard Morley in this astonishing vision of the year 2020.

Containing both cutting-edge insights and simple truths that provide a roadmap to the future of business -- and illustrated by case examples from such companies as Motorola, Honda, GM, Solectron, Intel, Silicon Graphics, Modicon, Flavors, NeXT, Japanese Railway, and Andover Controls -- The Technology Machine challenges readers to understand the spirit and core drivers of growth: technology, knowledge, and individual excellence.

By combining rigorous research with their extensive experience with technology advances that have changed industry, Moody and Morley are able to supply simple guidelines for future growth and detail their keen vision of future systems, leaders, and workers. They isolate the three bad business habits at the root of manufacturing problems today -- shortsightedness, restrictive structures, and unbalanced improvement fads -- show how to break them, and supply four infallible predictors of the types of breakthrough technologies that will come to dominate the world of the future. In that world, customers and suppliers are linked by real-time, online systems; business is driven by customer-designed, point-of-consumption replication of product; and a wide gap grows between "The Island of Excellence" organization of the future -- with its holistic approach, including two-year apprenticeships, uniforms, and morning exercises -- and "The Others," the non-elite, sweatshop-like, breakeven companies of the past. The book is eloquent, original, and essential reading for managers in every area of business and industry.
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  • Free Press | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416576488 | 
  • September 2007
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Chapter One: How Manufacturing Will Work

Chaos, Pain, and Transformation

When Francis Cabot Lowell, through a supreme act of industrial espionage, memorized the guts of the English power loom systems he had seen in 1811 on an extended stay in Great Britain, he launched a two-hundred-year run for American manufacturing. Lowell pulled together all the disparate functions of the textile production process -- carding, dyeing, spinning, weaving, bleaching, tasks that had been contracted out to rural farmwives and small shops -- and arranged them in sequence in a single site, a new four-story mill on the banks of the Charles River... see more

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Discussion Group Questions
1. There will be winners and losers in manufacturing in the year 2020. Many companies that exist today won't make it, starting with automotive and electronics firms. Talk about it.
2. The dream of the extended enterprise is now thwarted by software system limitations -- there is not much good software available at reasonable prices for off the shelf installations in the supply base. What do you think will be the leading factors to change this?
3. Technology creates wealth and fuels growth, true. Where does that leave the moneychangers?
4. What ever happened to the quality revolution?
5. Imagine working in a factory village in the year 1820. What will be different about working in a factory village 200 years later? see more

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