Pondering disruptions and industrial revolutions

South African's visit industrial heritage brownfield in Germany in 2009

I am asked almost daily about my opinion about “the fourth industrial revolution”, technological disruptions and the impact on jobs. Depending on who asks, I might fire off a statement like “I don’t believe there is a fourth industrial revolution underway”. Or perhaps I might be a little bit more popular and say “I don’t… Continue reading Pondering disruptions and industrial revolutions

The difference between the terms Fourth Industrial Revolution and Industrie 4.0 matters

There are two terms that many of my clients use interchangeably, which really bothers me. The first is the term “the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, and the other is “Industrie 4.0”. What bothers me is that these two labels represent two concepts that only partially overlap. Sometimes they are conjoined with an “and” in a sweeping… Continue reading The difference between the terms Fourth Industrial Revolution and Industrie 4.0 matters

Shawn in Wonderland

I have not posted anything for the last 3 months. I have been on an amazing adventure which is so similar to Alice in Wonderland that I might be asleep and still dreaming. It started with a long-pursued opportunity to help a unit in the South African government prepare and think through the consequences of… Continue reading Shawn in Wonderland

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