Richard Evans is the Chairman of the CIPHE’s Education and Training Group. In this issue of ETM he muses on the future of technical advances in industry and society as a whole. The world is rapidly moving into the Fourth Industrial Revolution also called ‘Industry Four Point Zero (Industry 4.0) and the Internet of Things’. The introduction of robotics, automation, digital transfer and data exchange in the manufacturing industries is bringing about massive transitions in the work place and society in general. Work as we have known it will change dramatically, transformed with robots replacing humans in many traditional industries.