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Automating Manufacturing Operations by William M. Hawkins

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The Future

We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.

—George Santayana (1863–1952)

Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.

—Peter Drucker (1909–2005)

Introduction

We can prepare for the future and possibly shape it if we can foresee possibilities and estimate realistic probabilities for them. Simple predictions by extrapolating trends are not useful. Such predictions include the paperless office, the leisure society, and the flying car. A careful examination of the details required to support those predictions would have greatly ...

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