LiveWorx 2018 Wraps Up With a Look at Today & Tomorrow’s Technology

Written By: Stacy Thompson
  • 6/20/2018

It’s been a jam-packed week in Boston’s Innovation District, a micro-community on the waterfront where the best and brightest in technology come together to work, live, and play.

LiveWorx, the world’s most respected digital transformation conference featuring 150,000 square feet of cutting-edge technology solutions, came thundering in Sunday and wrapped up Wednesday.

This year’s event explored many different themes and technologies—industrial IoT, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and robotics, smart manufacturing—but chief among them was the idea that the future of technology is already here, and we must embrace it.

The question is: How?

“You have to look for opportunities every single day to find creativity,” said Microsoft’s Alex Kipman during his Tuesday keynote. “You have to ask yourself: Can I see something in the world and then apply it in a novel way in a different space?”

Let’s take a look at the day three highlights from LiveWorx 2018:

The Future Is Here

Dr. Michio Kaku (below), Theoretical Physicist, Professor, Futurist, and New York Times best-selling author, took the stage early in the day for the show’s closing keynote. Kaku explained that science and technology come in waves and he predicted that the next wave of revolution will be comprised of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence.

However, Kaku noted the human element required in the converging physical and digital worlds, messaging echoed in the LiveWorx opening keynote from PTC President & CEO Jim Heppelmann.

“The jobs of the future will be those jobs that cannot be done by robots,” said Kaku. Humans are creative, subjective, and can understand other humans, said Kaku, and they have a consciousness.

A consistent trend at this year’s show has been how industrial IoT, machine learning, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence are creating valuable advances in many different industries. Healthcare, in particular, will continue to benefit from automation as physicists invent medical concepts that we never knew were possible.

“In the future, we will look for cancer genes, enzymes, and proteins,” said Kaku. “The word ‘tumor’ will disappear from the English language because we’ll be able to catch it with DNA chips and liquid biopsies years before a tumor even forms.”

LiveWorx Shows How to Apply Technological Advancements Today

LiveWorx 2018 gave 6,000+ technologists, developers, and industry evangelists a tour of what the future will hold—as well as an in-depth look at the mind-blowing technologies already in play. The TT S.A. helmet (below), which can be employed on a factory floor, uses Vuforia to create beautiful, informative augmented reality experiences.

The world of possibility opened up as conference attendees explored the new frontier of innovation through breakout sessions, technical use cases, interactive Q&As, small working groups, tech-powered panels, product updates, and more.

As the conference came to a close, the message was clear: Take what you’ve learned at LiveWorx, apply it, and come back next year for more! 

Register now for early bird discounts on LiveWorx. We’ll see you in 353 days!

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About the Author

Stacy Thompson Stacy Thompson is the Director of Corporate Content Marketing at PTC. She has more than a decade of experience in content, SEO, and social media development, B2B and B2C communications, demand generation campaigns, and analytics/content measurement. She is also a Professor of Content Strategy in Kent State University’s User Experience Design Master’s program.