Presently there is a near perfect storm that makes the promised benefits of the incoming wave of technological opportunities, real and feasible, already deployed and that have the potential to increase efficiency and enable new business capabilities and services.
The feasibility is due to the fact that these incoming technological changes are very different than previous ones: they are not revolutionary brand-new technologies, rather they are based on the integration and mutual leverage of existing technologies. Their objective is to take advantage of the efforts, changes and investments previously conducted during the already finished Digitalization that happened across the globe.
Additionally, they have been already tested extensively in manufacturing with important effects to the point of being denominated Manufacturing 4.0 o 4th Industrial Revolution. All this incoming technologies are able to be progressively adopted and tested in a scalable manner, plus some of them do not necessarily require a pre-existing solid industrial and infrastructural base making them accessible to all kind of countries and providing an opportunity to narrow the disparity among them.
For all these reasons this new wave of technologies is being rapidly adopted to the point of already generating significant benefits and once broadly adopted they have the potential to create enormous economic growth. The speed, scope and systems impact of current breakthroughs already happening, in particular in the manufacturing sector have no historical precedent and are evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. Moreover, the breadth and depth of these changes announces the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance. Almost in every industry and in every country.