Connectivity, manufacturing, software development, business, society and, yes, even managed print have converged into a borderless, almost transparent solution.
“The God Machine,” a science fiction novel written in 1968 by Martin Caidin, is the story of a cybernetic technician who is one of the brains behind a top-secret government project determined to create artificial intelligence. The project he is working on becomes sentient and attempts to take over the world (of course). The work is one of Caidin’s earlier endeavors and a theme he returns to in later years, penning “Cyborg” (which became the foundation for “The Six Million Dollar Man”). Caidin may not have been the first to illustrate the biological/mechanical connection, but he helped popularize the concept of machine and humankind meshing together: the ultimate convergence.
Fast-forward a few decades, and the likelihood of a human surviving and thriving with bionic enhancements is not so far-fetched. Indeed, jaws and skin have been “printed” for months now. Denying a convergence of man and machine is foolish.
The convergence of human and machine, the biological and mechanical, is the result of a confluence of innovation, technology and social flows destined from the beginning. This motion is unstoppable. Unstoppable. In addition to the high-thinking, man/machine convergence, we’re starting to see the impact of all things converging.
Consider the way connectivity, manufacturing, software development, business, society and, yes, even managed print have converged into a borderless, almost transparent solution.
Connectivity once meant landlines, fax machines and phosphorous display screens. The transition from patch cables to twisted pair to cell to the wireless world of connectivity went from unique to ubiquitous, converging into a single, globally available platform. Someday very soon, the world’s population will have the opportunity to be completely connected.
Invention-to-market cycles have compressed from decades to years to
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