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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Engineers need to use tech to make humans more powerful | Technology - Digital Journal

"James Heppelmann, CEO of PTC, gave the convocation speech to Boston University's College of Engineering and talks about how engineers can create better machines and tools for humans, rather than just focusing on robots that put humans out of work" inform Lisa Cumming, journalist from Toronto who covers technology and business.

James Heppelmann: College of Engineering Undergraduate Convocation Speaker 2018



In his convocation speech, Heppelmann focused on the importance of better connecting humans with digital tools and creating tools and machines that don't just aim to replace humans, but creating machines that will aid humans in their understanding of the digital world. 

One of the ways to do this, Heppelmann said, is using AR. In his view, AR will help to alleviate some of the problems caused by the great divide created by automation — where people have been split into two camps: the "haves" and the "have-nots." The "haves" are the ones who are benefitting from, understanding and creating automation, the "have-nots" are those who are being replaced. Heppelmann said that this imbalance creates an image problem for the tech industry. 

He said that there needs to be a stronger focus on connecting physical, digital and human capabilities because "humans have innovation and creativity" and future engineers and tech industry professionals need to create "new ways to pass digital information onto humans."

Source: Digital Journal and Boston University Channel  (YouTube)


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