The NUS Philosophy Department was represented at the inaugural Future of Manufacturing Summit 2017, organized by A*STAR, with support from the Economic Development Board (EDB), and held last month at Sentosa Resorts World Convention Centre. A/P Axel Gelfert (NUS Philosophy) gave the closing lecture, titled ‘Four Industrial Revolutions and Counting: Beyond the Rhetoric of Innovation’, to an audience of 200 managers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers. The goal of the summit – which also featured Mr. S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), as Guest of Honour – was to bring together global thought-leaders to discuss key topics related to technology trends and industry shifts that are shaping the future of manufacturing from a range of economic, societal and technological perspectives. A/P Gelfert’s lecture was followed by a roundtable that discussed enabling factors and societal implications of the future of manufacturing. Other speakers and panelists included Mr. Tan Choon Shian (Chief Executive of Workforce Singapore), Professor Siegfried Russwurm (former Chief Technology Officer of Siemens corporation), Mr. Low Ka Hoe (Chief Strategy Officer, ST Engineering), and Dr. Yves Rossier (Head of Digital Transformation, Nestlé corporation).
Photos (with permission from A*STAR, for use on NUS website/newsletter)