Considered the 4th industrial revolution, the previous industry shakeups were considered to be driven by advances at the time. But what came before this?
The first revolution was based around steam and water power and allowed for a move away from just manual labour and working on farms to the operation of large factories. This is the well known “Industrial Revolution” that is taught in schools.
The second revolution centred around electricity and improving previous mechanical tasks with better, faster machines – also known as Mass Production, commonly associated with Ford’s car factories.
The third revolution, which is almost a blurred line with the fourth, is the use of robotics and machinery which has been programmed to perform certain tasks.