David Gelernter, famous artist, writer, and a Computer Science Professor at the Yale University was quoted in an article titled Artificial intelligence isn’t the scary future. It’s the amazing present published in Chicago Tribune, “The coming of computers with true human-like reasoning remains decades in the future, but when the moment of “artificial general intelligence” arrives, the pause will be brief. Once artificial minds achieve the equivalence of the average human IQ of 100, the next step will be machines with an IQ of 500, and then 5,000. We don’t have the vaguest idea what an IQ of 5,000 would mean. And in time, we will build such machines–which will be unlikely to see much difference between humans and houseplants”.

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Artificial Intelligence –It’s everywhere

There was a time when Artificial Intelligence was something that was considered futuristic and what Professor Gelernter said might have sounded insane.

But no more. Especially when we’re using so much AI in our daily lives.

For example, GPS is now smarter than spatial navigation, we have started to rely heavily on Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Echo. AI has made a lot of progress quickly and it’s because of improved processing, algorithms and a lot of data. With the help of Machine Learning, a lot of data can be analyzed, and critical insights can be provided.

Known as the major propellant of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, AI is expected to wipe out nearly half of the human jobs (mostly the white collar jobs) in the next 20 years. Every industry will opt to replace humans for work that can be performed with the help of AI. Algorithms and automation are a major threat as they offer improved efficiency at a lower price.

The American Manufacturing Industry today

AI in Manufacturing industry

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The American Manufacturing Industry has suffered for long, more so since the Great Recession in 2000s. The growth has been sluggish and the key reasons for this are goods manufactured in U.S. have always been more expensive for the foreign market due to the strong dollar, and also due to the major cutbacks in the Energy Sector. In 2010, China replaced US as the largest manufacturing country in the world.

Some of the leading manufacturing industries in US are steel, automobiles, chemicals, food processing, consumer goods, aerospace, and mining.

How will AI have an impact on Manufacturing Industry?

The manufacturing industry has always been open to adopting new technologies. Drones and industrial robots have been a part of the manufacturing industry since 1960s. The next automation revolution is just around the corner and the US Manufacturing Sector is awaiting this change eagerly. With the adoption of AI if companies can keep inventories lean and reduce the cost, there is a high likelihood that the American Manufacturing Industry will experience an encouraging growth. Having said that, the manufacturing sector has to gear up for networked factories where supply chain, design team, production line, and quality control are highly integrated into an intelligent engine that provides actionable insights.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality will enable new tools that help to perform testing in the virtual world. It allows people, remotely located, to connect and jointly work on situations that require trouble shooting. Simulation and product-creation can help reduce the manufacturing time drastically.


Automation will help the manufacturing industry reach a high level of accuracy and productivity, a level that is even beyond human ability. It can even work in environments that are otherwise dangerous, tedious or complicated for humans. Robotics as a service, which are expected in the future, will have capabilities like voice and image recognition that can be used to re-create complex human tasks.

Internet of Things (IoT)

We all have started to use smart sensors. It is a little known fact that the IoT functionality will have a huge role in the manufacturing industry. It can track, analyze production quotas, and aggregate control rooms, the technology can also help to create models for predictive maintenance. When combined with augmented and virtual reality and analysis of customer feedback, there can be a number of meaningful insights to help towards innovation.


With the promise of increased output, robots are already being used in the manufacturing companies. But with their growing intelligence, the workforce in factories will soon be replaced by robots. Every stage can be closely monitored with the help of sensors and data can be shared with AI and analytics software. Increased output, defect detection and corrective action is much faster and the entire production cycle is way more efficient.


Unlike the big fear of human jobs being lost to AI, the manufacturing will be driven towards higher productivity and increased efficiency with the help of AI. The workforce can focus more on innovation and new operations, and contribute to the growth and bright future of the American Manufacturing Industry.

Do you wish to be better prepared for the changes that AI will bring about to your industry? Contact our experts for an insightful discussion.


  1. Vikas Gadiya says:

    North America to hold a major share of the AI in manufacturing market during the forecast period

  2. Abdulhadi says:

    what is the effect of artificial intelligent in manufacturing companies?

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  4. Clive Cooper says:

    Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the manufacturing market is projected to grow with a CAGR of 51.31% during the forecast period of 2019-2027. The emergence of Industry 4.0 across the globe & growing big data technology in manufacturing are the primary factors creating an affluent platform for the adoption of AI in manufacturing.

    Thanks for sharing the informative content.

  5. Roman SPD says:

    Thank you for this great read and the updates on the current state of the technology. I agree that Artificial Intelligence will be everywhere soon, and it deserves to be. Manufacturing Industry is one of the most important ones for technology, along with Banking, eCommerce, and Finance. I think the United States will be the first country to get the fullest advantage out of Artificial Intelligence, then China and other countries will follow. As for me is fascinating to see AI in the Food and Beverage industry, there are a lot of awesome use cases already.

  6. Himanshu says:

    The post is really brilliant and the information is very useful for beginners. I’ve read about IBM’s Watson in many articles but none of them gave me as satisfactory description as this did. Learning more with quality over quantity sounds fascinating.

  7. Prajith Khan says:

    Top-level executives are investing for AI in manufacturing industry to improve operational efficiency, productivity, performance. From achieving significant cuts in downtime to generating better-designed products and improving the safety of employees, AI is truly evolving manufacturing.

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