Beyond the hype: AI in cement logistics

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This article was published in the May issue of Global Cement Magazine in 2018.

Depending on the story, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will either be the future or destruction of humanity. But beyond the hype and horror, a practical form of AI has made its way into the logistics workplace. To escape the sensationalism, this article takes a look behind the technology and reveals how AI can solve logistics nightmares in the cement industry...

by Dirk Schlemper and Thomas Bergmans, INFORM GmbH, Germany

“You are my creator, but I am your master.” These chilling words from Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein were first published on 1 January 1818, during the First Industrial Revolution, a period of great social and technological change. Considered by many to be the first work of science fiction, the story influenced not only literature, drama, and film but also the public’s perception of science itself.

2018 marks Frankenstein’s 200th anniversary. Now, at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the myth of creature turning on creator seems more relevant than ever before. Having escaped the laboratories of many tech companies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to change our society for good.

While human-level AI is not yet close, we constantly carry some form of AI in our pockets today. The irony is that Siri, Alexa, and Cortana, while comparable to Frankenstein in so many ways, aren’t perceived to be frightening characters. Rather, these AI enhanced assistants have become an ordinary, if not integral part of our lives and workplaces.

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