AI Business is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC
This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.
Before we go deeper into what the fourth industrial revolution means and how it will affect the future workplace, here’s a quick overview into the previous industrial revolutions.
ThoughtCo. describes the term “industrial revolution” as a period of massive technological and socio-cultural change, similar to the time when our ancestors switched roles from hunter-gatherers to farmers.
Humanity has had quite a few industrial revolutions over the course of history. Here’s a quick overview:
These industrial revolutions have one thing in common: they are all disruptive—turning the tables of the prevailing industries during the periods before them. We’re currently witnessing the climax of the third industrial revolution and transitioning to a revolution that is more technological than industrial.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution focuses on innovations that harness the potential of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), self-driving vehicles, nanotechnology, renewable energy, quantum computing, and biotechnology to name a few.
Because of this explosion of new fields, new markets will emerge which will require a new set of skills for employment. Increasingly smart robots will take over some jobs, and jobs that didn’t exist before will be in-demand.
A new age of work requires a new set of skills to thrive and be productive. Here’s an infographic on the top 10 skills you need to thrive in 2020:
Guthrie-Jensen is a management training and consultancy company based in the Phillippines, and one of the largest in Southeast Asia.