Are You Prepared to Work in an Autonomous Plant

Mike Bacidore says information-driven manufacturing requires powerful analytical tools.

Are we ready for this autonomous plant? GE thinks we are. Over the past two years, it has recruited more than 250 engineers to work at its San Francisco software center, where a billion-dollar investment is in the works to create its part of the industrial Internet, connecting the digital intelligence of machines. GE thinks industry is as ready for shared intelligence as consumer markets were, and GE is one of the companies that can bring a sizable amount of machinery together.