FABTECH 2022: Talent and transformation


FABTECH 2022 was an expo of many parts, but its conference streams captured the preoccupations of many who attended. There were FABx Tech Talks from some well-known industry leaders in the main theater, plus dozens of dedicated sessions each day in smaller spaces spread across the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. 

What were the big insights and trends? Like every industry, innovation and rapid change is to be seen everywhere in advanced manufacturing and fabrication, together with the growing challenge of finding, nurturing, and keeping talent that is shaping every corner of business today across the US, North America as a whole and further afield. Automation has a key role to play to address the talent shortage.

One notable speaker at the top of the conference was Richard Boyd, who is a tech entrepreneur and expert on AI, machine learning, virtual worlds, computer gaming, and human/computer interfaces.

While not from the fabrication industry, Boyd’s big idea is that technology will help to shape and transform this space like many others in the years to come – and he spoke based on decades of pioneering experience.

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