168: Shifting Your Mindset on the Human Potential of AI with Concurrency CTO Nathan Lasnoski

When leveraged correctly, AI can enhance human creativity and allow businesses to connect disparate systems and make informed decisions. So, what choices can manufacturing businesses take to ensure they’re using AI the right way? 

We all know some aspects of our jobs can feel pretty robotic, so Concurrency Chief Technology Officer, Nathan Lasnoski, suggests leaving the manual tasks to AI so you can focus on creativity. 

On this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour, he shares how AI can be used to boost your team’s creative abilities and explains why ROI should be your lodestar as you look to incorporate AI. 

Plus, he provides expert tips on how leaders can start making the right AI choices and tells us the similarities between its explosion and the Industrial Revolution. 

Nathan’s been involved with AI for EIGHT years – so he’s worth listening to! 


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3 Quick Things from this Episode

  1. AI has the potential to increase human creativity within manufacturing businesses. 
  2. ROI should be the “guiding light” of a business’ use of AI
  3. Frontline workers and sponsors are essential to start making AI-led decisions.  

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Tweetable Quotes

  • “The bar has been lowered for businesses to get into the game.”
  • “Even medium- and small-sized organizations can translate repeatable processes into automated processes and free up their teams to be more.”
  • “AI gives us the opportunity to unlock what is really special about each person and bring it to the forefront of our organizations.”

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What We Discuss with Nathan

  • Nathan explains how companies can focus on “real productive AI” and transform the way they think of AI in the context of their business 
  • Why ROI should be the “guiding light” of a business’ use of AI and why it is solving old problems in a brand-new way 
  • Nathan shares the story of how he and Concurrency began using AI, hiring their first data scientist around eight years ago before the AI explosion of 2022 
  • How AI is automating intuition and connecting disparate systems to allow business leaders to make data-driven decisions with a holistic view 
  • Nathan outlines his comparisons between the AI revolution and the Industrial Revolution, exploring the positives of automating workplace processes with AI 
  • How the AI revolution has the potential to increase, not decrease, human creativity by taking manual tasks off our hands 
  • Nathan tells us the right questions executives should be asking themselves about AI, and why they need to focus on their present and future goals 
  • How the frontline workforce play a vital part in manufacturing leaders knowing which incremental and disruptive changes to make with the help of AI 

Recommended Resources

  • Concurrency, Devs aim for client-friendly interfaces, full support, and smooth cross-device experiences, all while ensuring scalable global accessibility 
  • Brian Evergreen on Manufacturing Happy Hour, Episode 118 Defining “Autonomous Transformation” and Avoiding “Pilot Purgatory” 
  • Jeff Winter on Manufacturing Happy Hour, Episode 149 Thriving with AI: Artificial Intelligence Strategies for Manufacturers 
  • Central Waters Brewing, Iconic Wisconsin craft brewery with its original location in Amherst and a newer taproom located within the old Pabst Brewery campus in downtown Milwaukee 

Connect with Nathan and Concurrency

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