Big data, smart factories, automation, and machine learning all parts of the 4th Industrial Revolution. The first industrial revolution was brought about by steam, the second, mass production, the third automation. All these steps were natural evolutions in manufacturing to increase productivity and profit. The 4th Industrial revolution is different, it's effect less tangible and less noticeable to the average person. Leveraging the automation of the 3rd generation Industry 4.0 is about optimization. Using what you have to deliver that widget better, faster and cheaper.
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