How close are we to supply chains that can run themselves? Are production, warehousing and transport ready to become lights-out operations, where no human being is needed? Artificial intelligence can already automate much of supply chain. It can also make a supply chain that learns and adapts by itself. There is enough AI technology today for supply chain operations that can run unattended for long periods. Maybe indefinitely.

But if this is so, why are we not all putting out feet up as supply chain turns into the new spectator sport?