Industrialization from World History Perspective.
The world around us is changing. We’re no longer the reflection of our past. We no longer follow the rules of the book. We have stopped abiding ourselves by the impossible, the invincible. Every minute there are different minds thinking about new mountains to climb. We are learning the history and building our future. If the cavemen would have never gathered the courage to take a leap by overcoming their fears then maybe we wouldn’t be where we stand as a human society today. If Samuel Slater had never left England for America, the history of the superpower reaching where it is today would have been different.
Mr. Nandan Nilekani while interviewed by the famous author Mr. Thomas Friedman for his book ‘the world is flat’ said that “the playing field is being leveled.” First it was the developing nations taking away jobs from the developed nations, be it because of cheaper labor rates or better understanding about the product or the difference in time made it possible for firms to work round the clock. Look at the form of leveling around you today, technology is next in line for doing your work. We’ll be outsourcing our tasks to Artificial Intelligence.
Look at how 3D printers have changed the way we used to look at industries. Normal printers have syringes filled with ink while 3D printers have syringes filled with all different kinds of liquid, plastic, rubber, etc. Let us look at how this technology is going to turn the tables around for manufacturing industry.
What comes in our mind when we think about a car manufacturing industry? Lots of workers handling big machines, dressed in blue uniforms stained with grease, rolling out new models every minute. Today a handmade DC design car looks attractive and offers value for the money. Tomorrow 3D printers will allows users to design a car for themselves on Friday and get the 3D print ready by Saturday. Still there is a long way to go in using 3D printers 100% for manufacturing a car, though there are companies which are using the technology to manufacture certain parts. The tensile strength of the final output is still a question unanswered.
Let us look at the way how people shop will change. I go to a store to buy myself new shoes. Instead of several prototypes lying there on the shelf I get a handbook of designs or even better if I get a smart device in which I can design my own shoes. I feed the memory chip into the 3D printer and I get the shoes I want delivered at my doorstep the next day. Recently Japan constructed 10 houses using 3D printers with a cost of less than $5000 which is pretty amazing. There are recent developments in medical industry where 3D printers can be used to develop an organ using a person’s cells for an identical match. If this works successfully we’ll be able to save many lives without facing the issue of time constraint.
There is a flip side of the coin as well. There will always be ways in which individuals will try to misuse the new findings. There are chances where users will use the new technology to print guns or feed disruptive information in the AI robots. But this should not be a hindrance in the developments we are capable of making. The only thing lacking is a defensive mechanism for these new advances. Once it is in place, there won’t be a nanosecond of time left for the human race to look back.