Reimagining Human Activity in a Digitized and Connected World

By Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, and Alexandra Whittington

Industry and Business 4.0 – The Industrial and Technological Revolution

Every business sector is coming to terms with the technological shifts enabling the fourth industrial revolution – an era of “cyber-physical systems” where intelligence is the primary driving force in society – mirroring and potentially surpassing the impact of steam, electricity, and computing in previous industrial revolutions.

This new era is characterised by the use of artificial intelligence (AI) – converging with other potentially disruptive technologies and helping organise and exploit the data that they generate. Given the extent to which technology is being integrated into wider society, organisations will need to ensure their digital strategy includes constant scanning and rapid assessment of the potential of emerging technologies such as AI, digital twins, blockchain, digital currency, robotics, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), the Internet of Things (IoT), and 3D printing. This article depicts a few of the potential big developments coming down the pipeline:

  • Quantum Computing
  • Avatar Companions / Enterprise use of Digital Twins
  • Implantable Phones
  • Personal Digital Shields
  • Computerised Shoes and Clothing
  • Smart Glasses and Contact Lenses
  • Life-like Mixed Reality
  • Implementation of an International Identification System
  • Autonomous Physical and Virtual Things

Unpredictable Futures

Will digital avatars become our lifetime helpers? Can implantable phones replace the handheld mobile device? Are we on the verge of a self-driving world? These are key questions with hotly anticipated answers we all seek to help us make sense of what our techno-enhanced world might be like. The future will eventually surprise us all.

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