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Source: World Economic Forum
Published: January 2016

The Industrial Revolutions

Circulated: December 4, 2019

The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production.

The Second used electric power and internal combustion engines to create mass production.

The Third used electronics and information technology to automate mass production.

The Fourth uses hardware, software, and biology to create cyber-physical systems.

When billions of people connect via mobile devices, emerging technologies include:

  • robotics
  • artificial intelligence
  • nanotechnology
  • quantum computing
  • biotechnology
  • the internet of things
  • decentralized consensus
  • 5G
  • 3D printing
  • fully autonomous vehicles
  • energy storage

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