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Book Review: “The Definitive Guide to Generative AI for Industry” by Cognite




While most books on Generative AI focus on the benefits of content generation, few delve into industrial applications, such as those in warehouses and collaborative robotics. Here, “The Definitive Guide to Generative AI for Industry” truly shines. The solutions it presents bring us closer to a world of fully autonomous operations.

The book starts by explaining what it takes to be a digital maverick and how enterprises can leverage digital solutions to transform how data is utilized. A digital maverick is typically characterized by big-picture thinking, technical prowess, and the understanding that systems can be optimized through data ingestion. By applying Large Language Models (LLMs) to comprehend and use this data, long-term business practices can be significantly enhanced.


To address the current issues associated with industrial data and AI, data must be freed from isolated source systems and contextualized to optimize production, enhance asset performance, and enable AI-powered business decisions.

The book explores the complexities of physical and industrial systems, emphasizing that no single data representation will suffice for all the different consumption methods. It underscores the importance of standardizing a set of data models that share some common data but also allow users to customize each model and incorporate unique data.

The book describes three types of data modeling frameworks, enabling different perspectives of the same data to be clearly articulated and reused. These three levels at which data can exist are:

  1. Source Data Model: Data is extracted from the original source and made available in its unaltered state.
  2. Domain Data Model: Isolated data is unified through contextualization and structured into industry standards.
  3. Solution Data Model: This model utilizes data from both the source and domain models to support generic solutions.

Digital Twins

It's only through the proper liberation and structuring of data that the creation of industrial digital twins becomes possible. The opportunity here lies in avoiding the development of a singular, monolithic digital twin expected to fulfill all enterprise needs. Instead, smaller, more tailored digital twins can be developed to better serve the specific requirements of different teams.

An industrial digital twin thus becomes an aggregation of all possible data types and datasets, housed in a unified, easily accessible location. This digital twin becomes consumable, linked to the real world, and useful for various applications. The significance of having multiple digital twins is their adaptability for different uses, such as supply chain management, maintenance insights, and simulations.

While many enterprises understand the concept of a digital twin, it's more crucial to create a digital twin within an ecosystem. In this ecosystem, a digital twin coexists and evolves alongside other digital twins, allowing for comparisons and sharing a considerable amount of standardized data. Yet, each is built for specific purposes and can independently evolve, effectively enabling each digital twin to branch into its unique evolutionary path.

Consequently, the challenge is then how can enterprises efficiently and scalably populate these various digital twins? The book delves into the methodology behind this critical industrial process.

How to Apply Generative AI to Industry

Of course, the challenge then evolves into incorporating this technology, avoiding AI hallucinations, and scaling the technology in the fastest and most cost-effective way. The book delves into a comparison of the pros and cons between a do-it-yourself approach and outsourcing to a company specializing in this advanced type of data and AI integration.

Overall, this book is highly recommended for anyone involved in the industrial sector, which includes manufacturing businesses, process industries, engineering industries, and goods-producing sectors engaged in large-scale production and fabrication. It's particularly beneficial for those wanting to leverage the data they collect, utilizing Generative AI to optimize business practices, streamline internal operations, and improve overall workflow.

About Cognite

Cognite makes Generative AI work for industry. Leading energy, manufacturing, and power & renewables enterprises choose Cognite to deliver secure, trustworthy, and real-time data to transform their asset-heavy operations to be safer, more sustainable, and more profitable. Cognite provides a user-friendly, secure, and scalable platform that makes it easy for all decision-makers, from the field to remote operations centers, to access and understand complex industrial data, collaborate in real time, and build a better tomorrow.

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A founding partner of unite.AI & a member of the Forbes Technology Council, Antoine is a futurist who is passionate about the future of AI & robotics.

He is also the Founder of, a website that focuses on investing in disruptive technology.