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This blog highlights today’s incredible opportunities and challenges in leveraging human intelligence using 21st century technology, cutting-edge science, and sound management (of our organizations and ourselves).

Mechanized Intelligence is a term I first saw in Tyler Cowen’s book, “Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation“.  To me it neatly encapsulates the incredible promise and the staggering challenges of life in the 21st century.  We are all of us — whether we like it or not — at the center of an amazing system of technology, informatics, and science that leverages individual and group intelligence and skills to unprecedented levels.  This web includes not only our personal mobile phone, digital cameras, social networks, and productivity tools, but those of other people and organizations around us.  The extent to which each of us succeeds or fails will in large part depend on how we adapt to this new reality.

On the front page:  The Ericsson Telefonplan factory in Sweden, c. 1940-1949.  Today, the design, engineering, prototyping, and manufacturing capability visible in that photograph can be replicated with an iPad, a wireless network connection, and a 3-D printer.

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Alex Szewczak earned his BA in Biology and BS in Chemistry from Lehigh University, PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, and MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  For the past 15 years he has worked in the Pharmaceutical industry leading teams conducting research in Oncology, Alzheimer’s, and Respiratory and Inflammation diseases, with technical specialization in automated pharmacology, cellular imaging, data workflows, and operations analytics.  Much of his blogging focuses on the interplay between Science, Technology and Management, especially in high tech areas such as biotechnology and pharmaceutical research (with occasional photography and some interesting science thrown in for good measure).

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