The fourth industrial revolution is characterised by the blurring of boundaries between physical, digital and biological worlds. It represents a fusion of advances in AI, robotics, IoT, 3D printing, genetic engineering, quantum computing and a host of other technologies. And it is the latest in a long line of transformational waves – including offshoring, automation and wider digital transformation – that the manufacturing industry has had to contend with in recent years.
It promises to bring change to everything from the plant floor to supply chains to distribution networks, from pop-ups to fully automated facilities – and everything in between.
Yet manufacturing is often change-averse. So how do you move beyond the hype that surrounds the fourth industrial revolution? What are the real use cases, and how do you apply them to your business? How do you find the right blend of people and technology moving forward? And what does embracing the fourth industrial revolution really mean in the context of a post-COVID world?