Forbes - 7/26/17
[Ed. Note: Author Todd Delaughter, is former CEO of Automic Software, now CA Technologies, with 25-plus years of experience in software tech, including mobility, cloud and systems management.]
A new world is rapidly taking shape. Some have called it the fourth industrial revolution.
The first, which took shape in the last half of the 18th century and carried through into the first half of the 19th century, was driven by the rise of the steam engine and saw agrarian societies in America and Europe become more urban and industrialized. In the second, the introduction of electricity in the late 1800s and early 1900s made mass production possible. The third created a new digital world of personal computers, cell phones and the internet.
The fourth industrial revolution blurs the real and virtual worlds, with ubiquitous mobile computing, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, 3-D printing tools and the internet of things redefining technology’s role in our lives.