Impacts and investigations of disruptive technologies for Industry 4.0

Victor Chang, Gary Wills, Patricia Baudier

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We live in an information age where massive amounts of data are being produced to improve our daily lives. Trillions of data and messages can be generated and exchanged daily. Therefore, high computational demands are required to extract and understand the important messages hidden within the data and service interactions enabled by disruptive technologies, which is a collective term to refer to technologies behind Industry 4.0 to offer innovation and enable us to change the way we work. The paper from Abdel-Basset et al. (2020) has explained what disruptive technologies are, what they can offer in emergency situations such as COVID-19, and how the COVID-19 diagnosis and analyses can be improved and become better by the use of disruptive technologies.
The advancement and wide adoption of disruptive technologies can allow all businesses, cities and societies to be competitive and progressive. Disruptive technologies are necessary to improve the speed, efficiency, effectiveness, quality, and safety of real-time data analysis and meet user expectations. Disruptive technologies for Industry 4.0 can address new needs of individuals, businesses and society. They often include innovative products and services never used before. The right type of dissemination and strategies can lead to a rapid rise in popularity and adoption. Therefore, investigating disruptive technologies and understanding their impact on Industry 4.0 has become strategically important.
Disruptive technologies can offer a great extent of innovation to integrate different services seamlessly and improve the quality, effectiveness, efficiency and safety of services. High-tech services, seen in fictional movies 30-50 years ago, are now possible and available in real life. This includes the wide use of the internet on smartphones, smart devices and services such as smart homes, smart hospitals, and smart cities enabled by destructive technologies in Industry 4.0. At the same time, knowing and implementing the most up-to-date recommendations, best practices and lessons learned for developing real-world solutions have become important when making progress in Industry 4.0. In summary, disruptive technologies can be crucial to improving the quality of life, regional economy, and interactions between different communities to provide incentives and improvement to our quality of life and Industry 4.0 development moving towards the 5.0 era.
This special issue is targeted at disruptive technologies for Industry 4.0. Best paper winners and top authors from FEMIB 2020 (Online Streaming, 5-6 May 2021) and IIoTBDSC 2020 (Online streaming, 15-17 September 2020) have been invited. We also very welcome all the authors of unpublished work and high-quality outputs to submit.
Original languageEnglish
Article number121232
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sept 2021


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