Glimpse the future. It is now 2016 and you might have heard by now that we are beginning to (or will soon) enter the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. If you haven’t heard this, then now you’re in the know. It is underway and the world is very excited about it. What you need to understand is this one is going to be HUGE and will impact you directly in almost every way possible.
First, let’s start with the idea that what is about to happen will fundamentally change the way you live. It will change what and how you eat, where and how you will work, and even how you might relate to someone else. I will go as far as to say that it will change how you shop and even how you learn. It might even change the way we have children and ultimately what “sickness” means.
It will be an amazing time indeed. Those who make it will see technological wonders that have been fantasized about by people for generations. Of course, if you were paying attention there, you probably noticed that I said “those who will make it” – to imply that not everyone will.
If you have read my book “RELOADED: An American Warning”, then you already know about how history repeats itself with mathematical precision. This Fourth Industrial Revolution is no different. Let’s talk about the different revolutions and reiterate some of the book so I can show how they play into the cycles.
In my book, I mentioned how the Industrial Revolution really “broke out” between 1760 and 1780. However, in terms of this conversation, we need to discuss the “boom” element or “growth” of that revolution. So the First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. This growth element was solidified by 1784. Note the end of the Revolutionary War which was in September of 1783 and had died down for a while by that point. So the economic upheaval began about ten years earlier to the war; the war got underway and then ended, and the “growth” element began shortly after.
The next economic upheaval and war spanned from 1843 to 1863. An interesting thing occurred during this time; an enormous railway expansion began and railroads began to replace canals as a primary mode of transportation. This is an economic factor that once again changed how the world did business. Right on cue, the Civil War started in 1861 and lasted until 1865. Then the second “growth” period or “Second Industrial Revolution” occurred shortly after with the use of electric power to create mass production and this was well underway by 1870; just a few years after the end of the Civil War.
The next economic upheaval and war spanned from 1925 to 1945. Many of you are familiar with the great stock market crash that occurred on October 29, 1929. This would start what would later be known as the Great Depression which changed everything economically and changed the way people conducted business. As you guessed, the war came right along with it. World War II started in 1939 and lasted until 1945.
When it comes to the “Third Industrial Revolution” I believe that some experts are a little confused. The Third is marked by the use of electronics and information technology to automate production. Some experts suggest this was roughly 1969. Not that it really matters but I would disagree based on several specific events. The word “automation” itself was coined in the 1940s by General Electric; evidence that the technology was well underway. In fact, the first interactive video game was created in 1947, the first commercial computer (the Ferranti Mark 1) was delivered to the University of Manchester in February 1951, and Texaco’s Port Arthur refinery became the first chemical plant to use digital control in 1959. The point is that the boom came right on the heels of World War II and only after the economic upheaval.
Now comes the scary part. The next economic upheaval and war should span 2005-08 to 2025-27. I shouldn’t have to tell anyone about the national and global economics that are in an upheaval and about to get much worse. I also shouldn’t have to say much about the war drums that are pounding louder than ever (something else you should read about in my book). Now experts are talking about a Fourth Industrial Revolution which they believe is almost underway. Yes, it’s underway, but I believe that the real “boom” will not come until after the war.
This new Revolution will be characterized “by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres” according to the World Economic Forum. It will be a world, unlike anything we have ever seen before. It may often seem like science-fiction.
As I have tried desperately to suggest for some time now, history is, in fact, repeating once again. Unfortunately, the economic upheaval will more than likely peak sometime very soon. The way the world does business is being fundamentally altered. This will be followed by a tremendous war that will test the boundaries of man once again. This war will change the way wars are fought and it will fundamentally change medicine because it will force the innovation. This will be a horrific time, but understand that there is a light at the end of this tunnel already. Massive growth and global change!
Let’s just take into account what we have already seen. Artificial intelligence, bipedal robots, social robots, surgical robots, robotic prosthetics, food service robots, 3D Printing (from parts to cars and even houses), virtual reality, holograms, flying and/or self-driving cars, drones (military, recreational, personal, spy, etc.) communication advancements, automation in both manufacturing and agriculture, and so on. This really just gets us started in regard to the future because I would also imagine that our currency and economic systems will fundamentally change as well.
One of the things that I have said is that these cycles mark a change in medicine and how health is addressed. Well, look at what we have underway in this department: cataract surgical robots, rehab robots with measurable results, 3D printed body parts and bones, magnetic levitation, regenerative medicine, bionic implants, Artificial Cell Mimicry, brain-computer interface, DNA manipulation and deletion, high res sensors and scanners, mobile robots on-call, surgery over net, Blue-violet LED light fixtures, RX Robots and even the ability to slow the aging process. I would imagine that at some point, most (if not all) homes will have a medical robot of some kind and patients will know more about their own health than most doctors know today.
Friends, we are literally at the infancy of the automation and information spectrum for robotics. This is just the beginning of the beginning. Understand that recent reports show that in as little as a decade, over 65% of the jobs that people may have – haven’t even been invented yet. This might very well be understated. Of course, this is looking at the future assuming that people will still need to exchange labor for debt notes (currency).
Folks, I see a bright future ahead. I see a world where people may no longer have to trade their labor for a debt note. Instead, you could pursue endeavors of your own desire and exchange the result or abundance for the raw materials or extras that you might need. Chances are that even governments will be completely different by then (for the better). Let’s cross our fingers.
The future will consist of clean energies, recycling for the materials we need, and technological know-how with rapid advancements and specializations in regard to tasks and/or “careers”. Robots will work collaboratively with humans and will more than likely take the brunt of the workload. Future labor and medical applications will only gain momentum. Learning will be looked upon as a great thing once again and will more than likely expand. Economies will be completely different and probably more localized with loose global attachments.
Is there a chance this whole thing could turn dark and sinister? Of course! However, I feel that the freedom-loving people of this world will once again rise to the occasion and set things right. I have a feeling that REASON will win out for a while once again and that things will calm down once this cycle passes.
That being said: I don’t have much advice for those living in 2085 to 2105 (the following cycle). Who knows what their future will look like. Unless they figure out a way to extend life substantially, chances are that you guys will be on your own. The only advice I can provide is to listen to history; she’s trying to tell you something about the future – and it’s accurate.