There are critics who claim that millennials are becoming less social, more introverted, more instant-gratification focused, and are using technology to escape their real world.
But I believe that there is a tremendous groundswell of new mindsets and talent being developed below all the bad press of gaming systems, iPhones and other technologies. I observe my son and his friends interacting globally and suddenly realize that essentially, this interconnected network of geographically dispersed teens entertaining themselves within graphically represented processes could most likely become the way we work in the near future.
Where does this all leave the future of American manufacturing?
Imagine the potential of global supply chains, global product and/or software development, transportation and logistics management, manufacturing execution, supplier management, healthcare scheduling and logistics, finance, and other key business processes with borrowed gaming architecture embedded in their business systems.
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