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 ).