This is a really interesting article. While reading the article, I also thought about the chance of eventually a 3D printer being able to replace the entire manufacturing program. I believe one day it will. As the technology advances new materials will be able to be used. I also agree with you that it would be a great idea for them to partner up with universities to try to advance this technology to their needs. I wonder however, what would be the cost difference between a entire piece being made by a 3D Printer and one made by the traditional manufacturing line. Regarding outsourcing their 3D printing needs to others companies, I don’t believe it to be great idea, since they are likely going to increase their cost to produce the prototype and generate coordination problems.
This is a fascinating article. This is an industry that constantly has to innovate and this application of additive manufacturing makes a lot of sense. I wonder however, how is the operation of these printers in space and how the material/construction of space ships from 3D printing matches the safety standards of the company.
This is an interesting article. I believe this is a great business strategy for General Mills. As a company that has been around for 90 years, innovation has to be their main focus. Through this VC arm, the company is able to find and fund innovations from startups in an early stage. Paying a lot less for these companies than they would pay to acquire them in a later time. This is a very efficient way to manage smaller competitors. However, there are definitely challenges to acquire startups and have them work with the same focus and mission of a big conglomerate.
This is a great article. Toys ‘R’ Us bankruptcy doesn’t worry me. I believe LEGO can actually take advantage from the focus on e-commerce platforms, since the market is clearly moving towards that direction. It’s also a way for them to facilitate a larger expansion in the market. I also think LEGO Forma is great way to connect with their customer who grew up playing LEGO. “LEGO Forma says the aim of the product is to help users fight off stress and boost creativity. The kits “are designed to help you reconnect with your imagination and disconnect from the stress of life (and) discover the simple satisfaction of building with your hands,” LEGO Forma says on the site.” (https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/09/28/indiegogo-lego-forma-adults-build-koi-fish/1456364002/)
This is a fascinating article. The price and timing to buy plane tickets is always a topic of discussion when planning a trip. By creating this prediction analysis, it gives the customer a confidence to either wait or purchase the ticket right away. However, as this prediction contradicts the reality, the level of confidence in the website’s analysis declines rapidly. Hence, it’s really important to try to minimize the errors in the predictions and only share them when the level of confidence of the machine is really high.
This is a really interesting article. Machine learning is really changing the way a lot of industries do business. I don’t know if Google’s DeepDream will ever be able to mimic exactly how people think, but I wonder if/how it could impact the art industry. “…the Deep Dream auction raised $97,600 for Gray Area Foundation, with Akten’s working achieving the highest sale price of $8,000 – respectable figures for a small gallery sale, yet microscopic in comparison to Google’s parent company, Alphabet which has a market capitalization of around $550bn.” (https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/mar/28/google-deep-dream-art )
I don’t believe it will ever substitute the fine (men made) creative art, but could it be an introduction of an entirely different style of art? I also wonder, what other applications could this DeepDream have in other businesses.