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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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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

21 Jun 2019
5 Tips for Increasing Production Visibility
 

Imagine for a second that your factory is essentially a black box. Materials go in, and finished products come out, but what happens in between is fundamentally mysterious. What challenges would this present from an advanced planning and scheduling perspective? Sure, in this environment you can get

 
Brian Hoey
flexis

20 Jun 2019
How Machine Learning Can Impact Global Logistics
 

As the global scope of the modern supply chain continues to increase, there’s going to be more data available to supply chain planners than ever before. For some businesses, this data will likely just sit there collecting dust—but in point of fact it’s increasingly going to be an i

 
Brian Hoey
flexis


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