Supply chain building blocks

Hansi Raber (AT)

Today, the world of goods seems to be available 24/7 thanks to the Internet. With just a few clicks we can order all kinds of products. What looks easy and uncomplicated to us when we order an article online, however, requires a complex system of various components in the background. These result from the division of labor on which our increasingly global economy is based, because until a product can be bought in a store, it passes through many stations that are usually in different places. For example, it requires raw materials that have to be processed further, and often individual components of an article are manufactured in different production facilities before it is assembled. This is why the process and transport from the first to the last station, the buyer, has also become the focus of many business management decisions. It is called supply chain management and logically, attempts are made to improve it through various measures such as new technologies. Of course, digitization is also a major hope in this field of expertise. What influence will artificial intelligence have on the supply chain system in the future? How much comfort do we as consumers actually need? What is the impact of making products increasingly short-lived in order to maximize profits? The project illustrates principles of the supply chain and encourages the visitors to ask further questions about the topic.  



As part of Regional S+T+ARTS Centers, a project of the European Commission’s S+T+ARTS initiative, Hansi Raber participated in ongoing prototyping activities at the Ars Electronica Center from March to November 2020. Together with the Ars Electronica Center’s infotrainers, Raber developed a new interactive engagement zone for the Center’s Machine Learning Studio.



This project is co-funded by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, in the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union under the S+T+ARTS programme’s Regional S+T+ARTS Centers.