Illustrated robots connected by blue lines illustrate personality in digital transformation

The age of digital transformation isn’t coming—it’s already well under way. And with COVID-19 launching digital solutions forward, we’ll all need to adjust to keep up.

Maybe you’re an entrepreneur launching a new business, or maybe you’re a seasoned employee hoping for (or dreading) a digital transformation in house. Wherever you find yourself in your career, you’ll need to know a few things about Industry 4.0 to keep up with your industry . . . and the rest of the world.

If you’re a leader, in particular, there may be aspects of the digital revolution that you find intimidating. And yes, while there’s much to learn, consider this: there are a lot of myths out there about what’s coming. A lot of the new technology and automation solutions have been demonized and exaggerated. Do you know the difference between real tech solutions and fantastic mechanical beasts? Challenge yourself with this true/false quiz!

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There’s a lot we can learn from machines, and a lot machines still need from us. Despite the bleak outlook we often get from Hollywood or economic reports, there’s a lot of potential for a positive, symbiotic future between man and the machine.

So don’t let yourself get taken in by the myth that machines are coming for your job, or that there will be no jobs at all in just a few years. Yes, the World Economic Forum’s 2018 “The Future of Jobs Report” notes that 75 million jobs will be lost by 2022—but that same report says AI, robotics, and automation will create 133 million new jobs. Who knows? One of them could be a dream career beyond your wildest imaginings.

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