The Future of Making Things

David Bourne · TEDxNIU 2014

David Bourne talks about manufacturing and how it defines who we are. He talks about the old future of manufacturing; what people thought the future of manufacturing would be. He then reveals what his own personal opinion is about the future of manufacturing.

David Alan Bourne was hired as one of the original founding members of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University that was started in 1979 after his Ph.D. work at the University of Pennsylvania in Computer Science. David is currently a Principal Scientist there and has been researching: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Manufacturing, Robotics and Medicine, and Robotics and Education. David is the director of the Rapid Manufacturing Lab at Carnegie Mellon; which has built a large Flexible Manufacturing Cell for Westinghouse, the Intelligent Machining Workstation for the U.S. Air Force, and the Intelligent Bending Workstation for Amada (the largest sheet metal machine tool company). In addition, David has written over 80 papers in areas applying Artificial Intelligence to Manufacturing and holds nine patents in related areas. He also co-authored the book Manufacturing Intelligence published by Addison Wesley.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.