People and technology will collaborate in the spirit of partnership, jointly solving prob-lems and making informed decisions. To this end, technology will provide humans with easy-to-understand, task-oriented information on the current situation and predicted developments.
The way people interact and communicate with technology is also changing radically. Cryptic error messages are on their way out, to be replaced by brief idiomatic messages that read like social media postings. Technical commands are giving way to natural speech and gestures. Humans and tech will come to an intuitive understanding. Tech-nology will be perceptive enough to respond sensitively to emotional and social aspects of user behavior.
This will culminate in a socially networked industry where people and machines are connected and work together as partners. Tomorrow’s manufacturing work will be ap-pealing, and it will feel good.