The Emerging Race for the Industrial Internet

The Emerging Race for the Industrial Internet

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The Emerging Race for the Industrial Internet

This is an interesting overview of what is happening in the race between General Electric and Siemens to build the Industrial Internet. GE is attempting to build a broad, generic platform into which all industrial players can plug their solutions. If it works, this juggernaut will become a — I don’t know, what’s bigger than a juggernaut? Uberjuggernaut? Juggerubernaut?

Lots of interesting parts to this, but I’m culling this as the most intriguing bit:

That technology allows manufacturers to create what David Gelernter, a pioneering computer scientist at Yale University, over two decades ago imagined as “mirror worlds”. GE wants to build a similar, “virtual twin” of every category of physical asset it sells, from locomotives to wind farms. This would allow engineers to test products before they are built and also let them feed the virtual model with real-world data to improve performance. “A digital twin is not just a generic model but based on the exact conditions in the real world,” explains Ganesh Bell, chief digital officer at GE Power.

Imagine our industrial systems having a virtual ecosystem operating like an integrated new dimension of reality. In-synch with the physical layer, this new virtual layer would be much more flexible. It would model and simulate optimizations on a scale simply infeasible for the physical infrastructure itself. Out of this will come phenomenal efficiencies unlike anything we have seen heretofore.

This reminds me of Brian Arthur’s vision for The Second Economy:

#IndustrialInternet #iot


  1. Gideon Rosenblatt directly connected: Soft robotics will integrate connected machines directly in our lives.

  2. That’s another game-changer, David Amerland. Tks.

  3. Gideon Rosenblatt isn’t it just? Like everything else it creeps into daily life through usefulness and acceptance and then becomes the norm and builds from there.

  4. Agreed, David Amerland. And what’s also interesting is that when you look at our images of robots in popular culture, “soft” wasn’t really the image portrayed (aside from androids like in Blade Runner). Now, with this breakthrough, I bet it will become incorporated into our image of robots and further works of imagination, accelerating the view of what automation looks like.

  5. The creativity of the human race is amazing. What I find even more compelling is the fact getting involved in this IIoT is less expensive than is made out to be. One key requirement, is “be ready to learn, and fast..” as technology is changing fast.

    Jacinta Lawson Is it possible that the technology is exactly what we need to save humans from the self inflicted destruction and in the process, save animals and the planet as well? Just as an example, one of the messages I got from this article is that companies like Siemens and GE are doing this to satisfy a need from customers who are not happy about constantly having to change their equipment in the field. If through the Digital Twin and digitalization in general we can extend the life of products, just imagine how much raw material we can save. That is imagine how many mines may not have to be dug up to satisfy our ever escalating need for metals, etc. Hopefully this way, we’ll still an earth to worry about.

  6. That’s well said, Bershu Nkwawir​.

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