The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) refers to the fourth industrial era expected after the three industrial eras which the first began in the 18th-century. The word “the fourth industrial revolution” was first coined in 2015 by Klaus Schwab, the executive chairman of the world economic forum, “in the article in Foreign Affairs.”
The idea of a fourth industrial revolution is very fascinating as it is expected to radically change the world and the way we related to each other. And according to most definitions, the fourth industrial revolution refers to the “fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres, collectively referred to as cyber-physical systems.”
The signs of the emergence of the fourth industrial revolution are shown in the rising new technologies and breakthroughs in a number of fields, such as robotics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, the internet of things, 5G wireless technology, fully autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, biotechnology, etc.
These technological breakthroughs are in their nascent stages which many feel will find basis and wide implementation as we further proceed into the fourth industrial era.
The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) has already begun and the deployment of the listed technologies are expected to disruptively change the “entire systems of production, management, and governance.”
Now, the aim of this article is to simply inform you that post-modern physics is what will serve as the conceptual basis of the fourth industrial revolution.
The connection between an industrial revolution and a conceptual breakthrough in physics is historically undeniable. In fact, without any conceptual breakthrough in physics and in our understanding of the universe, an industrial revolution is impossible.
Both a conceptual breakthrough in physics and an industrial revolution are intertwined and this is one important factor that many experts talking about the fourth industrial revolution have failed to mention, even though I am certain that it could be what a physicist would easily have considered or thought about.
Now, historically, the first industrial revolution was as a result of the conceptual breakthrough of Newtonian mechanics or classical physics. The first industrial revolution which took place between the 18th-century and the 19th-century in Europe and America was what led to the development of steam engines and the iron and textile industries.
The first industrial revolution had socio-economic implications as it was what turned the rural and agrarian societies in Europe and America into urban and industrial societies.
But without the early scientific works of Newton and some other scientists like Joules, the first industrial revolution would have been impossible. This connection between physics and all the industrial revolution is undeniable.
The second industrial revolution which took place between 1840 and 1914 was what led to the major generation of electrical power. It caused the growth and the expansion of pre-existing industries from the first industrial revolution, and it created new industries that dealt with steel, oil and electricity.
Now, without the early scientific works of Clerk Maxwell and Michael Faraday that paved the way for our understanding of light, the second industrial revolution characterized by electrical generation and exploration would have been impossible.
This era saw the appearance of the light bulb, the telephone, the phonograph, and the internal combustion engine, etc. Again I must say that the prior conceptual breakthrough in physics which showed us the electromagnetic nature of light was what laid the foundation for the second industrial era.
This is important to know which is why I usually refer to this era just before the birth of modern physics as the era of light. It was a post-classical era. As Maxwell showed that light is an electromagnetic wave, it wasn’t long before Tesla practically proved this and the era of radio communication was born.
Radio communication was a marked advancement in the second industrial revolution. And after the second industrial revolution came the third industrial revolution.
It is claimed that the third industrial revolution began in the 1980s and a better assessment shows that its foundation and emergence were made possible shortly after modern physics began.
Modern physics laid the foundation for the third industrial revolution which is characterized first by the computerization of data and information processes. It is also referred to as the digital age, as this age saw the transition from analog electronics and mechanical devices to digital technologies.
The internet and information communications technology (ICT) were also born during this digital age. We owe most of this to modern physics which gave us the two amazing theories of quantum mechanics and relativity.
Quantum mechanics conceptually assisted the pioneering exploration into optical communication, computerization, etc and relativity gave birth to the practical exploration of nuclear energy which was a marked discovery of the third industrial revolution.
Nuclear energy which came by modern physics changed the face of global politics and world economy even till today. So, I want us to become aware of the connection between the progress in physics and every industrial revolution.
This is because we are now at the threshold of another industrial revolution which only a new progress in physics will produce. The next industrial revolution which has been named “the fourth industrial revolution” by Klaus Schwab is to come as a result of post-modern physics.
Post-modern physics is what is associated with the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). I use the present tense because the fourth industrial revolution is almost underway as frontier technological pursuits in artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, nanotechnology, quantum computing, etc. will all be made possible by post-modern physics.
Unlike the other eras of physics mentioned, post-modern physics is unique because it provides us with the true and long-sought unified understanding of the universe. This is an immense advantage post-modern physics has over other eras of physics.
Besides many other accomplishments, post-modern physics exposes us to the qualitative nature of concepts such as force, momentum, energy, etc. And it shows us the true mystery of radioactivity, the atomic structure, electromagnetic interactions, light, and a whole lot of other phenomena in the universe.
With the complete understanding of the universe that post-modern physics provides, we are expecting a fourth industrial revolution that will be very different in every conceivable way from the other three industrial revolutions.
If we can admit: the expectation of the fourth industrial revolution to blur the lines between the “physical, digital, and biological spheres, collectively referred to as cyber-physical systems” can only become possible by the true understanding of the universe.
Physics has been at the threshold of this very important discovery of the understanding of the deeper levels of the universe beyond what quantum mechanics and relativity can tell us. And this pursuit has become realized by post-modern physics setting the stage for the greatest industrial revolution ever!
Yes, the fourth industrial revolution will be the greatest industrial revolution ever! With the complete understanding of the universe that we now have in post-modern physics, we will be able to integrate physical and biological systems beyond what is possible and conceivable today.Yes, the fourth industrial revolution will be the greatest industrial revolution ever!Click To Tweet
Also, quantum computing will become possible as the deep, underlying principle of quantum mechanics has become revealed. It goes the same for all the other technological pursuit of the 4th industrial era.
This is also as post-modern physics is making clear what would be the exact nature and principle of operation of quantum technologies and other expected technologies.
To begin to get the picture of what the fourth industrial revolution will be like: just imagine the technological implications of us understanding all the principles of the universe. Just imagine this for a moment.
There is no doubt that this encompassing understanding will result in technological breakthroughs that can only be imagined for now, even with the expectations that we already have of what the industrial revolution will bring.
This is one of the reasons why I decided to write this article. I want you to know that the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) is already at our doorsteps and it is due to post-modern physics and not any other factor.
This is because physics is what forms the much-needed conceptual basis for all industrial revolutions. This is what is being presented to you in this article.Physics is what forms the much-needed conceptual basis for all industrial revolutions.Click To Tweet
Classical physics was what formed the conceptual basis of the first industrial revolution; post-classical physics was what formed the conceptual basis of the second industrial revolution; modern physics was what formed the conceptual basis of the third industrial revolution, and now, by the repetition of history, post-modern physics is what forms the conceptual basis of the fourth industrial revolution.
We have to understand from history and from nature how every industrial revolution is preceded by an ascended understanding of the universe at a conceptual level.
A new physics which dictates or provides a new scientific language precedes and is usually needed for a new industrial revolution. Post-modern physics is what now provides the exact scientific language to describe and address the technologies of the fourth industrial revolution.
Most of how we describe and address these expected technologies will be transformed by the new physics.
Post-modern physics will make so much possible in this fourth industrial age, and one key area to watch out for is in communications. The discovery of another non-mechanical wave in post-modern physics, if harnessed, will expand our methods of data communication, and so much will change about data processing too.
I can go on and on about how each of the conceptual discoveries of post-modern physics will lead to a technological breakthrough that when combined with others will form the complete picture of the fourth industrial age, but I will like so much about this to be unravelled by time.
So, the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) is a timely expectation considering that it coincides with the emergence of post-modern physics which has now raised not just our understanding of the universe but also our consciousness of it.
The new spiritual consciousness of the universe that has come by post-modern physics is one of the important elements or factors that will really distinguish the fourth industrial revolution from the rest in history.
We will harness the energy and the possibilities of the universe at a spiritual level, unlike before. The fourth industrial revolution will not just be about the technological possibilities of post-modern physics but also about the internal transformations we would undergo as we stand in awe before the revealed principles of the universe which are evidently spiritual.
The first to the third industrial revolutions have come and gone at the beautiful unravelling of the three revolutions of physics, and today we stand beyond the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution which like the others will proceed at the unravelling of the fourth post-modern revolution of physics.
So, we now look at post-modern physics as the important sign of the fourth industrial revolution and not any other sign. With post-modern physics, we are now certain of the final arrival of the fourth industrial revolution. This is the key importance of this article.With post-modern physics, we are now certain of the final arrival of the fourth industrial revolution.Click To Tweet
The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) has been much discussed and talked about since 2015 or thereabout, but now I am announcing its final arrival because it will be predicated on post-modern physics.
Post-modern physics is what now shows us at a conceptual level what are scientifically possible, and by my count, they are immense and without limits. So, the fourth industrial revolution is the beginning of the endless frontier in technological exploration, and it will always be remembered for this.
The communication technologies of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) is not only what will provide us an immense and well-integrated connection with each other but also what will provide us the much-needed connection with the universe.
We will connect with the universe at a deeper level that will serve as a (sort of) life-source for a higher continuous existence and perception of the universe.
The new possibilities that post-modern physics opens up for the fourth industrial revolution is more than what we could have thought of, considering that we discussed the fourth industrial revolution without the much-needed conceptual leap in the understanding of the universe.
So, this article bears witness to the unanticipated surprise that the fourth industrial revolution will bring just as it bears the first witness of the connection between post-modern physics and the fourth industrial revolution.
Until next time,
I will be here.
– M. V. Echa