AU 2016 Wrap Up | parametricmonkey

Approximately 10,000 delegates attended this year’s Autodesk University (AU) which was hosted at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas from 15-17 November.  The theme this year was ‘The future of making things’.  As usual, the conference opened with keynote lectures from CEO Carl Bass and CTO Jeff Kowalski. Kowalski opened the keynote by talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Generative Design, Virtual Reality (VR), and Robotic systems. These themes are not really new and have been a staple at AU conferences over the past few years. Next up was Carl Bass who spoke about technology disruption. Using the automotive industry as an example, Bass spoke about the issues facing traditional automotive manufactures: Autonomous vehicles; ride sharing, and electric powertrains. Many of the automotive companies accustomed to making vehicles to drive and own, are now having to reinvent themselves to produce cars which are not purchased but rather offer a service…

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