What is a Digital Twin?

Digital Twins is a word that’s been thrown around a lot recently. So, what does it mean and why is it important?

Simply put, a digital twin is a digital representation of something that’s built. This can range from simple objects to something complex like a factory. When a factory is built, for example, a lot of the information is contained in CAD files. That information can be used to build the digital representation, or digital twin, of the factory. This is very useful for businesses that may want to renovate or rearrange their factory set-ups.

In addition, real-time data can be overlayed on top of the digital twin. This data can come from temperature sensors and help businesses make intelligent decisions.

For a more in-depth explanation of digital twins, check out @Jonathan’s interview on the Friendly Futurist Podcast:


Are any of you involved with digital twins? What do you think about their use in the future? Let us know in the comments below!