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Host Roundtable: Catching up and looking forward

Modern Industrialist Podcast

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The episode:

Patrick is finally back from his secret mission, so we’re here to do a group debrief about the past few episodes, tying together themes that we noticed ran throughout.

We talk about AI safety, forecasting what will need to be done before enterprises are comfortable putting their data into AI tools and training models. We discuss how technology can play an important role in compliance and tracking chain of custody. And we all agree that the importance of business strategy in making tech decisions can’t be emphasized enough.

We wrap up by talking about what we want to cover in the upcoming episodes, plus what AI products popped up in our lives this week.


The podcast:

Presented by TXI, The Modern Industrialist Podcast is for technology-focused manufacturing and logistics leaders looking to gain a competitive edge with Industry 4.0 transformation. Join our host Jason Hehman as he brings together experts from companies blazing the path for the IIoT revolution. Topics range from advice to success stories, use cases, solutions, and more.

The expert:

Podcast Host: Jason Hehman, Industry 4.0 Vertical Lead and Client Partner at TXI

Co-hosts: Matt Reich, Lead Software Engineer at TXI; Patrick Turley, Head of Engineering at TXI

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Summary and themes explored in this episode:

Introduction and Background:

  • Host Jason Hehman introduces the episode, featuring a roundtable discussion with Turley and Matt.

  • Overview of topics from recent episodes:, Flourish, and Better Trucks.

  • Explanation of the episode format, tying together themes from previous conversations. Discussion:

  • Importance of safety and confidence in AI application development.

  • Challenges and solutions in utilizing AI models within enterprise environments.

  • Insights into the role of in simplifying ML ops and ensuring data security.

  • Applications of in engineering, addressing data needs and operational impacts.

Industry 4.0 and AI in Practice:

  • Explanation of Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG) and its industrial applications.

  • Importance of understanding AI tools and their practical implementations.

  • The role of RAG in simplifying complex problems and enhancing productivity.

Flourish and Cannabis Industry:

  • Discussion on regulatory challenges in the cannabis industry.

  • The role of Flourish in compliance, tracking, and operational efficiency.

  • Potential impact of reclassification of cannabis at the national level.

  • Broader implications of transparency and security in consumer products.

Better Trucks and Last Mile Delivery:
  • Insights from Mike Koleno, CTO of Better Trucks, on addressing industry-wide challenges.

  • Importance of collaboration and shared learnings in logistics.

  • Discussion on coop-etition and its benefits for small and medium enterprises.

  • Better Trucks' focus on owning specific parts of their technology stack for strategic advantage.

Custom Software and Business Value:

  • Conversations with clients on the importance of focusing on core business problems.

  • Evaluating the total cost of ownership and ROI for custom software solutions.

  • Examples of successful custom software implementations in various industries.

Future Topics and Interests:

  • Turley expresses interest in topics that enhance human experience and additive manufacturing.

  • Discussion on the potential and innovation in 3D printing and robotics.

  • Matt's interest in simple, impactful technological solutions in under-served industries.

Gen AI Applications:

  • Jason shares insights on AI detecting smells for industrial and medical applications.

  • Turley talks about Super Whisper, a tool for transcription and AI-assisted content creation.

  • Matt considers using AI tools for real-time documentation and productivity enhancement.

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