By Julie Pike, Sr PR Specialist, Industrial Internet Consortium
In honor of Internet of Things Day on Thursday, April 9th, the Industrial Internet Consortium hosted a 24-hour global TweetChat. During the chat, we covered many aspects of creating and deploying Industrial Internet solutions: from innovation and industry standards to impact and security. Some of our questions to our Twitter followers seemed to resonate more than others (see responses to popular questions here). One of the most popular questions, for example, was "How will the Industrial Internet impact the workforce?"
In short: More analytics and automation mean more focus on the human element of projects and less on mundane tasks. In fact, this was something that was identified by a report from the World Economic Forum earlier this year.
As machines become more able to handle the automation of repetitive tasks, there will be more of a need for analytical skills from skills, including creative problem-solving and collaboration. As one Tweet Chat participant put it:
In fact, it was proposed that the employment rate for skilled workers would go up - meaning that the Industrial Internet will be a good change for the economy.
A few particular jobs were called out as being the new "it" job: Data Engineering or Data Science. Those who are able to take collected data and DO something with it, are going to be the ones who succeed!
Finally, it was suggested that the Industrial Internet will form hybrid industries. Think: Smart Manufacturing and Digital Medicine. Industries that use to have nothing to do with technology will suddenly have everything to do with technology!
We can expect a lot of changes in the workplace over the next few years thanks to the Industrial Internet and nowhere will this be more apparent than in the workplace. See what participants of the #IIC24 TweetChat had to say on the subject here and share your own thoughts on this with us below.