From delivery robots in Milton Keynes to smart factories in Thailand, Industry 4.0 is changing the ways in which we live, work and learn. This, however, is just the latest stage in a sequence of technological advances which, over the last 300 years, have altered almost every aspect of our lives.
During the first ‘industrial revolution’ in the late 18th century, mechanisation and steam power began to replace manual production. This was followed a century or so later by electrification and mass production, which in due course gave rise to ‘Industry 3’, which saw computers and automation take centre stage from 1950 onwards.
Today, the latest revolution, Industry 4.0, has become a popular talking point. But what exactly is it, and what changes will it bring?
Industry 4.0 builds on the fundamentals of the preceding revolution, which saw networks and telecommunications become preeminent. In the years to come, though, the ongoing roll-out of ‘smart’ devices will vastly expand the scope of interconnectedness. Consequently, this forthcoming ‘Internet of Things’, along with the corresponding ‘Internet of Systems’, will together provide a host of new opportunities, as well as bringing the potential for more efficient production methods and evermore autonomous equipment.
A key aspect of Industry 4.0 is data. Companies are producing more of it than ever before, and a key challenge is to utilise it in order to gain value. This is being done through artificial intelligence and machine learning, both of which allow us to gain a deeper insight into commercial markets and thereby permit production and supply processes to be adjusted automatically.
How is bksb staying ahead of the curve?
As a company, we are proud to show customers our history of constant innovation. Having started as a paper-based assessment over 20 years ago, today we offer an interactive, cloud-based system that incorporates both artificial intelligence and Item Response Theory (IRT).
As the UK’s longest-established provider of educational diagnostics, we can also use decades of data from users around the world to help assess learners’ English and maths skills with greater accuracy than ever before.
To find out more about how we create our intelligent assessments, please review ‘The Science Behind bksb‘ here: