Self-driving cars, delivery drones, 3D printing, robots, and artificial intelligence. All heavily used news headlines, and all technologies that will change the way people buy, sell, make, interact, and live. New technologies are arriving at an exponentially increasing pace, and the global market is trying to keep up.

At the center of this change lie the companies that create the products of tomorrow.

Whether it’s a personalized 3D-printed car or large-scale fabrication in space, the opportunities for financial success and human progress are greater than ever. Looking to the future, manufacturing may begin to include never-before-seen approaches to making things using nanotechnology and even biology.

That’s where Singularity University’s Exponential Manufacturing conference comes in.

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Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts May 10 and 11, Exponential Manufacturing is a meetup of 400 of the world’s most forward-thinking manufacturing leaders, investors and entrepreneurs. Speakers will dive into the topics of artificial intelligence, robotics and UAVs, synthetic biology, digital fabrication, nanotechnology, big data, and smart sensors and networks.

11-11-15_Peter Diamandis-15Alongside emcees Peter Diamandis and Salim Ismail, Deloitte’s John Hagel will discuss how to handle major shifts in industry, Neil Jacobstein will focus on R&D powered by AI and machine learning, and Jay Rogers and Danielle Applestone will share their learnings from the world of rapid prototyping. These prolific innovators will be joined by David Roberts (HaloDrop, 1QBit, and more), Marcus Shingles (XPRIZE), Deborah Wince-Smith (Council on Competitiveness), and many others.

Now, more than ever, there is a critical need for companies to take new risks and invest in education, simply to stay ahead of emerging technologies.

In his book Exponential Organizations Ismail writes, “In the future, the defining metric for organizations won’t be ROI (Return on Investment), but ROL (Return on Learning).” And Peter Diamandis says, “If the risk is fully aligned with your purpose and mission, then it's worth considering.”

There’s little doubt we’re entering a new era of global business, and the manufacturing industry will help lead the charge. Learn how by exploring Exponential Manufacturing online, or apply now to join us in Boston this May. As a special thanks for being a Singularity Hub reader, use the code SUHUB2016 during the registration process to save $500 off the current pricing.

This is the first year Singularity University has hosted Exponential Manufacturing. Click here to learn more and register today.

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