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The 4th Industrial Revolution: Where are we in history?

3-20-2019

By Bardia Nezhati, PE, PTOE

Co-authored by Jackie Kuechenmeister, AICP

What is the 4th Industrial Revolution?

We are in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution, which is the convergence of and the interaction between emerging technologies. Unlike the three industrial revolutions that came before (steam and water power, electricity and assembly lines, and computerization), this industrial revolution is unfolding within and around us, pushing beyond new forms of mechanization and challenging our ideas about what it means to be human.

Industrial Revolutions Timeline
 

This revolution focuses on merging information and technology with intelligence and human actions, such as genome editing, augmented reality, robotics, autonomous vehicles, and 3D printing. The technologies that we deploy during this revolution will fundamentally change many aspects of human life: redefining our identities, our economy, and the communities we live in.

Internet of Things

A defining element of the 4th Industrial Revolution is the “Internet of Things (IoT)” – the networking of machines and vehicles which enables them things to connect, interact and exchange data. The IoT involves extending Internet connectivity beyond standard devices, such as computers, smartphones, and tablets, to any range of traditionally “dumb” or non-internet-enabled physical devices and everyday objects. Embedded with technology, these devices can communicate and interact over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled.

Learn More

Parametrix recently hosted a summit focused on the 4th Industrial Revolution. In this multi-part series, we’ll be discussing this revolution and how it will change what we do as engineers, planners, and scientists.

Follow Parametrix on social media for more of this series on the 4th Industrial Revolution.

About the Author

Bardia Nezhati, PE, PTOE | Senior Vice President | Las Vegas, NV

Bardia Nezhati ParametrixBardia brings a unique blend of transportation planning and engineering experience to lead large-scale projects, both short and long-range. He has delivered numerous transformative transportation projects and developed large-scale transportation master plans for communities and entire regions.

He is an industry-recognized leader known for his forward-thinking approaches in advanced/emerging transportation technologies and his unique ability and passion to develop implementation strategies to assist clients achieve their vision and create high-profile projects of transformational nature. 

Contact Bardia: bnezhati@parametrix.com | 702-445-2307