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Machine intelligence and human creativity in supply chain planning

I am reading this absolutely fascinating book “Deep Thinking: Where machine intelligence ends and human creativity begins” by Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion. As the title suggests, in this book Kasparov shares a highly provocative point of view on artificial intelligence and its implications for the human race, with the backdrop of his 1997 loss in a highly publicized chess match up against IBM’s chess computer Deep Blue. The book did make me reflect on my own experiences and views on the division of labor between the machines and human supply chain planners.

Much has been written and said about how machine intelligence is impactin


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06 Aug 2019
Removing the “People Roadblock” to Digital Transformation
 

As the competition to satisfy customer demand for ever-faster deliveries has made supply chain automation a necessity, and as new technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and robotics have transformed supply chain best practices, data has bec

 
JDA Software-Supply Chain, Technology
JDA

30 Jun 2019
The auto industry is entering a ‘profit desert’ as heavy spending on new mobility and stagnation in key markets take hold simultaneously, says AlixPartners research
 

Powertrain costs for electric vehicles identified as being two-and-a-half times higher than for traditional vehicles, yet sales per model through 2022 predicted to be just 15% of traditional models historically; total industry sales globally forecasted to grow just 1.6% annually through 2026, as Chi

 
AlixPartners
AlixPartners

30 Jun 2019
Electrification and the “Death of Diesel” sees heavy spending on new mobility, but slowing sales and shrinking profits leads to bumpy road ahead, says AlixPartners study
 

The report highlights some of the challenges the industry faces going forwards: Automakers could incur a $60-billion pre-tax profit hit through 2023 86% of Chinese consumers and 59% of UK consumers polled say internal-combustion engines should be banned or further regulated Suppliers could

 
AlixPartners
AlixPartners

26 Jun 2019
Supply chain planning – Does it makes dollars and cents to get it all from one vendor?
 

Full disclosure: I work for a best-of-breed supply chain planning vendor so I will do my best to take an unbiased approach as I provide my opinions on how to solve the challenges of planning today’s supply chains with all its complexity and volatility. I’ll be honest, it would be grea

 
Bill DuBois
kinaxis

26 Jun 2019
Manufacturers: When is There Risk in Taking on a New Customer?
 

Let’s picture a hypothetical. You’re a sales and operations planner at a global manufacturer, specializing in a high-end variety of widget that other global companies tend to order in large quantities. Your sales cycle is fairly long, so every time a member of your sales team closes a de

 
Brian Hoey
flexis


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