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Manufacturing Innovations

The cover article in the Feb 2010 issue of Wired magazine is a very interesting article on manufacturing innovation. For many years now it has been popular (and perhaps not without some validity) for Americans to wring our hands over the lose of manufacturing jobs in the US. This article provides a perspective more akin to Friedman’s flat world.

Perhaps we should be focusing less on the loss of big industry jobs and more on preparing for the future manufacturing described in this article. The article also is significant for what isn’t said. The types of manufacturing that is described requires an educational foundation not being provided in the US today. No longer will manufacturing jobs imply the mind numbing feed-the-machine mentality. Rather, Anderson describes a future that puts high value on creativity and ingenuity. 

  

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