Originally published on the Infopulse blog. Technology has become more advanced than ever before. Businesses can now create products and internal solutions that were hard to imagine a decade ago. The industrial sectors may have been slow to catch up with all those innovations. However, their leaders can no longer ignore the fourth industrial revolution, heading their way.
The global warming caused by humanity since the industrial revolution has been found to be without parallel in the past two thousand years, in the latest blow to a climate sceptic myth. Earlier hot and cold periods over the past two millennia, such as the'Roman warm period' that ended around the year 750, were previously thought to be global phenomena. That has led climate change deniers to suggest that current phase of warming could be a natural trend akin to these past fluctuations. A new analysis has found strong evidence that four past natural fluctuations were actually regional events. They did not span the globe simultaneously, but often took centuries to move around the world.
What does the fourth industrial revolution mean for fashion? In the 18th and 19th centuries, the first and second industrial revolutions fundamentally transformed clothing manufacturing. In the 20th century, the third industrial revolution, in the form of information technology, has revolutionised the way we communicate and consume fashion, forcing the industry to rethink its'broken' system for the digital age. But even as fashion grapples with the far-reaching implications of the Internet, a fourth industrial revolution -- powered by a constellation of new innovations across the physical, digital and biological worlds -- is already driving a new wave of profound change across the global economy. How will the fourth industrial revolution transform fashion?
Scientific and technological advances in medicine promise to transform health and healthcare to become much more connected, precise and democratized, with significantly improved human outcomes. To comprehend the scope of scientific and technological breakthroughs and their potential impact on healthcare provision, the 2016-2018 Global Future Council on the Future of Health and Healthcare prepared this report to serve as a key resource in understanding the effect of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on health and medicine. The report seeks to characterize how this revolution will affect us in the coming decades and to discuss the societal implications and governance of key emerging technologies related to health and healthcare.
Manufacturing leaders are sprinting ahead with digital and analytics, and changing the rules of the game. A broad scale-up of innovation across the value chain is needed to ensure more winners share the spoils. The long-anticipated Fourth Industrial Revolution is no longer some far-off horizon. Early-adopting "lighthouse" factories are implementing advanced manufacturing and AI-driven technology, at scale, and seeing significant gains. What insights can the leaders share to accelerate digital scale-up broadly?