Towards GIM, the global intelligent machine

Teun Koetsier*

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In the present paper I argue that the history of machines has led the rise of the Global Intelligent Machine (GIM). To a certain extent GIM is a successor of the Internet of Things. However, in the near future GIM will encompass all existing machines of sufficient sophistication. More and more production machinery, including fully automated industries of all sorts, is being hooked up. GIM is a robotic machine with sensors, brains and actuators. It is global and it is intelligent. In the paper I point out some lines of development that led to GIM. I will also argue that GIM deserves to be studied in its totality (This paper is based upon my forthcoming book [5]).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExplorations in the History and Heritage of Machines and Mechanisms
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 HMM IFToMM Symposium on History of Machines and Mechanisms
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783030035389
ISBN (Print)9783030035372
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameHistory of Mechanism and Machine Science
ISSN (Print)1875-3442
ISSN (Electronic)1875-3426


  • Future of robotics
  • History of robotics
  • Information machines
  • Internet of Things
  • Production machines


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