2015 Achievement Award Address: An Engineer's View of the Third Industrial Revolution
Charles Hull, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, 3D Systems
This talk is an engineer’s view of the third industrial revolution. There are many views about what that revolution is, if it is a revolution at all. A lot of these views come from philosophy or from economics. There have been many articles in publications like the Economist , so something’s going on there. But an engineer’s focus is normally on things that can realistically be done, not on economic theory or philosophy. Inventive, innovative, and entrepreneurial engineers can push the envelope just a little bit further, which makes the future impossible to predict. But breakthrough innovations can help to create the future, and that’s the topic of this talk.