Societal impact

One of the aspects of Industry 4.0 most speculated about has been the potential effect of cognitive technologies on the human workforce. Three-quarters of executives say training and developing their workforces is one of the Industry 4.0 priorities in which they’ll be investing the most.

“We used to leverage experience and high technical skill sets that reside with the master workers, engineers, and technicians. But they are aging and retiring. Our biggest challenge is how to pass on their expertise and knowledge to the next generations.”

Shunsuke Okada, vice president of Toshiba Digital Systems (ICT Solutions division)

80 percent of the global CXOs said they either have created or are creating a corporate culture of lifelong learning, with another 17 percent planning to do so - a far cry from the hands-off approach of years past.

“We’re looking for people who are motivated, naturally curious, and hungry to constantly learn. In this ever-changing environment, it’s important to bring in people who have a constant mindset around education in order to stay ahead.”

Sarah Kennedy, VP of global marketing, Adobe Digital Experience

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