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TXI’s recap of Applied Intelligence Live! Austin

Modern Industrialist Podcast

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The episode:

Join hosts Jason and Turley as they unravel the latest breakthroughs in the age of Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence. The dynamic duo shares insights from attending Applied Intelligence Live in this episode! This event is a new amalgamation of the IoT World and AI Summit conferences. We explore the show's central themes, including wireless connectivity, quantum computing, smart cities, and the intriguing concept of digital twins. With notable industry giants like Shell, AT&T, Google, Nvidia, and John Deere taking the stage, the conference provided a diverse and enriching agenda. Stay at the forefront of innovation – tune in to The Modern Industrialist podcast for an insider's perspective on the future of technology!

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:

Jason is the Vertical Lead for Industrial IoT and a Client Partner at TXI. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, he has certified brand strategist credentials and a proven track record of helping clients solve complex business problems through technology.

In Jason's current role, he works closely with clients in the industrial sector to help them leverage IoT to achieve growth and unlock new value. He applies expertise in product innovation, digital transformation, and smart manufacturing to guide them through every process step, from ideation to execution. He is passionate about understanding consumer behavior and using that insight to impact business strategy and create products that enhance user experience and satisfaction.

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

Co-host: Patrick Turley, Head of Engineering at TXI

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Summary and themes explored in this episode:


  • The Modern Industrialist podcast focuses on Industry 4.0, exploring advancements in the era of IoT and artificial intelligence. The hosts, Jason and Turley, recently attended the Applied Intelligence Live! Austin 2023 conference, which merged IoT World and the AI Summit.

Conference Overview:

  • The conference covered topics crucial to Industry 4.0, including wireless connectivity, quantum computing, smart cities, and digital twins.

  • Notable organizations such as Shell, AT&T, Google, Nvidia, and John Deere participated, contributing to the diverse agenda.

  • The hosts appreciated the manageable size of the conference, allowing for meaningful interactions and easy access to speakers.

Key Themes of the show:

  • Digital Twins:
    • Detailed discussions on digital twins emphasizing practical applications beyond flashy 3D renderings.

    • Insights into graphical representations that effectively simplify real-world processes.

  • Generative AI Impact:
    • Highlight the tangible impact of generative AI and its crucial role in managing the exponential data growth from IoT devices.

  • Connectivity and 5G Insights:
    • Exploration of the role of 5G and edge computing, providing insights into the current status and potential future challenges.

  • AI in the Workforce:
    • In-depth discussions on the social divide in AI adoption emphasize AI tools' potential to bridge gaps and enhance workers' skills.

  • AI Research as a Service:
    • Focus on startups like Multi AI, offering autonomous AI research as a service, automating ongoing research and statistical analysis tasks.

  • Standards Development:
    • Recognition of the Digital Twin Consortium's work in setting standards to bring coherence to the evolving concept of digital twins.

Future Trends (Predictions for the Next Year):

  • Anticipation of more concrete and distinct impacts in AI applications, moving away from speculative discussions.

  • Expectation of a closer alignment between IoT and AI trends, resulting in more integrated solutions.

  • Foreseen emergence of clearer stories and practical use cases from the healthcare sector.

  • Increasing awareness of the ecological impact, including E-waste and energy consumption.

  • Proprietary LMs becoming more prevalent, with organizations building their own models for specific applications.

  • Quantum computing discussed as a prominent topic, but still considered to be in the early stages of mainstream adoption.


  • Jason and Turley expressed optimism about the future of Industry 4.0, expecting continued growth and evolution in the discussed trends. The comprehensive overview of the conference provided valuable insights into the current state and potential future developments in the industry.

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