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    Dave Westrom
    Dave Westrom Industry 4.0 / May 19, 2020

    Working smarter not harder through the industrial revolutions

    Can "laziness" be a good thing? 

    If it inspires efficiency and innovation... it could be! 

    A better phrase to describe this would be "work smarter, not harder."

    Each of the four industrial revolutions has followed this trend from the very beginning to now.

    Starting from the beginning

    The first industrial revolution was driven by inventions that reduced slow and strenuous manual tasks. 

    As Forbes said, "Industry 1.0 was marked by the increased mechanization of manual tasks and the invention of the commercial steam engine to power all that machinery, including the trains and ships that delivered both raw materials to producers and finished goods to market."

    This was the starting point and it has taken off from there. 

    Industry 4.0 now

    These days, Industry 4.0 is still doing that!

    Robots are now able to perform the dangerous and strenuous tasks which frees up valuable employee time for other tasks and increases job satisfaction. 

    Industry 4.0 is also helping manufacturing become more efficient than ever. 

    It's certainly interesting to think that this can also be such a driving influence for progress. 

    "If being too lazy to fail pushes us to be more productive – automating tasks that are dangerous or simply drudgery – then let our laziness lead the way to a better run world."

    What ways could you capitalize on this thought process in order to increase your efficiency? How could you be working smarter instead of working harder? Industry 4.0 can help you get there. 


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