After the term “Industry 4.0” first came out to the world at Davos conference, many countries are interested to this term in order to prepare for upcoming paradigm and take leading position in this new competition. Industry 4.0 refers to the industrial revolution, followed by the invention of steam engine, conveyer belt system, and computer and robot based system, which focuses on connection and integration through communication within machines based on sensor-enabled automation. The reason this phenomenon fascinates many world leaders is that fully automated system can overcome the low labor cost, which will cause totally different aspect of global economic structure as developed countries now can monopolize the whole manufacturing phases by not making order to developing countries to produce goods but rather produce by themselves. When thinking the huge impact that industry 4.0 is now making, the possible outcomes based on communication between human and machine should also be considered and prepared.
There is a basic difference between the industry 4.0 and communication between human and machine that industry 4.0 is supplier oriented while communication between human and machine is rather customer oriented. In other words, latter has more possible impacts as it possesses the larger number of demand and application in many fields, such as from the very early version of Siri to current virtual glasses. However, the most taxing issue in further innovation here is that how people talk is all different. Not only languages people use is different, but also pronunciation of a single word in even same language is not always coincident. This is why virtual glasses are more globally attracted than Siri and other similar functioning program as the glasses communicates with people mostly with images which has no lingual limits. This is a similar process Hollywood making violent and sexual contents to sell globally as those two requires no language when understanding. What we must focus here is that how we communicate with machine does not need to be same with how we communicate with people. Even a handful size of smart phone now reads our eye and gets information, which human cannot do to each other. Because now we found through industry 4.0 that communicating is what not only human can do but also machine can. As our reliance on technology increases every day, we should carefully consider the method to interact with machines efficiently.
Joo-Wha Hong/Intern Reporter (UIUC)