I had no idea that certain car parts are 3D printed. Very interesting! As we think into the future about how people are going to own or not own cars, I think customization can be to Honda’s advantage. Assuming that autonomous ride-sharing vehicles take up a large portion of the transportation space away from individually owned cars, my guess is that customers who still own vehicles will want ones that are customized, otherwise they wouldn’t want a car at all.
This topic is completely new to me and very interesting. I was particularly interested by the fact that additive manufacturing may lead to more innovation due to a decrease in costs to make parts. What I didn’t anticipate was the reliability component. I am wondering if other additive manufacturers (maybe outside of the space industry) can come together to publish studies on additive manufacturing in general and its reliability as a new form of manufacturing to reduce skepticism among customers of additive manufacturing products in general.
Thanks for this! I agree that Lego needs to adapt to the digital age if it is going to remain relevant. I think crowdsourcing can absolutely be used in solving this issue. For something like new product development, I’d like to see Lego use some additional types of crowdsourcing. One example is running contests for ideas and paying the group that wins, better ensuring that you get quality answers to your product development question.
Ian – thank you for writing this! In addition to the recommendations for expansion you made, I’d like to add that I think Neighborly could be used to crowdsource feedback on what sorts of projects the community would like to see invested in, even if they themselves do not have the money to do so. For instance, is there a particular school within a city that really needs rework? Citizen’s preferences for city improvements could be taken into account through voting or an avenue to provide recommendations. Additionally, I find it interesting that Neighborly is using the blockchain to increase efficiency and transparency in a system that is otherwise opaque to citizens that are supposed to benefit from the funds (https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/17/the-overlooked-opportunity-in-tackling-public-finance/) .
Thanks for writing this! In addition to what you’ve written in the article, I’d like to pose additional benefits of autonomous vehicles for urban dwellers. If the majority of vehicles are autonomous and ride sharing, this will likely eliminate the need for on street parking as the vehicles will not be owned by individuals but by companies like Waymo and can be parked near or outside the city’s limits. That frees up a lot of space in the public right-of-way for parks, bike lanes, scooter lanes, and more!
Very interesting article! While it seems like machine learning can help report facts on a small scale, my concern is that it is more difficult to interpret qualitative information that typically makes up journalism. If journalism truly takes this direction on a large scale, I can imagine fewer interviews with individuals and more of a focus on analyzing data sets and taking the human experience out of the equation.