Wire Harness Assembly: Business Outlook

In February, I presented my outlook for the economy and the wire harness industry to executives during a virtual Wiring Harness Manufacturer’s Association (WHMA) conference. John Sprovieri covered that conference and recently published a recap of my remarks in ASSEMBLY. At that point I was optimistic, and since then, my forecast for 2021 and 2022…

Another Day. Another SPAC.

Another day, another SPAC. But this is one I was excited to see. I met REE Automotive at this year’s CES, and had the chance to talk with some of their executives. They build a flat, modular EV platform with all of the drive-by-wire, brake-by-wire and steer-by-wire technology in each wheel. This should, in theory,…

Links for the Week Ending January 8, 2021

A research brief from MIT on the state of industrial robotics (emerging technologies, challenges, and key research directions) Top 10 emerging technologies of 2020 from the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Scientific American anthropologist Vincent Ialenti on ‘deep time’ thinking Lessig breaks down Senator Josh Hawley’s speech

The Continued Digital Revolution of HR

I joined the PCTY Talks podcast this week to talk about how the digital revolution continues to accelerate and what the impact will be on the HR profession. Here are a few topics we discuss: Diversity, equity, and inclusion What we’re learning about digital tools and technology is that it is not neutral. So there…

What’s in a Book

My literary agent Lucinda Halpern wrote a nice post on what to prepare for a conversation with an agent or publisher. She offers great advice on thinking beyond some of the obvious aspects like audience – though she also stresses the importance of being specific about your audience. She points out how it is important…

The Future of Manufacturing and the Factory of the Future in a post-COVID World

Early into the pandemic, the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Kearney, culled the opinions of 400+ senior-level executives from various industry sectors to identify the best response to the COVID-19 crisis. Five imperatives emerged from the survey that remain highly relevant as we think about the future of manufacturing: Rapid tailoring of manufacturing and…

Robots in the Beginning

The word “robot” first appears in Karel Capek’s 1921 play R.U.R., or Rossum’s Universal Robots. It derives from an old Church Slavonic word, rabota, meaning “servitude” and the Czech robotiti meaning “drudgery” and robtnik meaning “forced labor. Matt Simon had a good guide to robots last year in Wired. The first industrial robot was Unimate.…

The Expanding War with China

The NYSE’s plan to delist three Chinese telcos (China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom) was on, then off, and now is looking to be back on again. The initial decision was driven by President Trump’s November 2020 executive order barring investment in “Communist Chinese military companies,” as well as the the Holding Foreign Companies…

Archaeology is Going Digital

Big data is often discussed as being this radical alternative to the hypothetical and deductive approach. But in archaeology, it’s providing us with a better generalized model to test against, or to fit alongside, the really localized things we’re doing. That way we can better contextualize the type of micro-historical research that we both think…

Looking Back, Looking Ahead: How the pandemic shook the industry, the Big Tech backlash, and trade war fallout

In the final #techspansive episode of 2020, Ross Rubin and I recap the biggest stories of the year and look forward to 2021. We analyze the industry’s biggest tech stories, including: —How tech and other industries will take the first steps toward the post-pandemic future —How Google and Facebook will react to their government lawsuits as Apple faces developer…