Modern Times: the future of work, knowledge and skills in the 4th industrial revolution

On the 24th of May, the Hub Florence organized the event “Modern Times: the future of work, knowledge and skills in the era of the fourth industrial revolution” where different aspects of Industry 4.0 and its social implication were discussed.

Artificial intelligence, big data, augmented reality, IoT and platforms are amongst the keywords of the fourth Industrial Revolution. The traditional production and consumption models are changing fast, pushed by technological innovations that connect people to unprecedented levels and scopes. Which are the competences, skills, knowledge and languages needed to govern this revolution 4.0? How do we boost systemic approaches to innovation? How do we combine technological and human progress in an inclusive and sustainable pattern?

We had the pleasure of having five professionals who transferred their points of view and that we try to summarize below:

Enrico Parsi, Director of Scuola Coop.

“I believe we shall distinguish what the future could be, what we can reasonably expect, and what we want the future to be. We always have a choice’.


Mauro Lombardi, Professor of Economics of Innovation

“These Modern Times necessarily entail interactions among multiple domains of knowledge, making interdisciplinarity and multi-disciplinarity a crucial ingredient for knowledge creation and for unpredictable learning outcomes”.


Zoe Romano, Co-founder of WeMake

“The ethics of Fablabs and the maker movement is increasingly influencing the production, and therefore the design of products and services. The possibility of interacting with modular and flexible objects, characterized by open protocols, is slowly taking ground in our society. This implies a growing attention to bottom-up innovation, which is based on principles of interdisciplinarity, horizontality and self-organization ”


Annibale D’Elia, City of Milan

“The public sector can play a disruptive role of innovation on cities and urban environments. Old industrial areas can become the jumble of new manufacturing initiatives, characterised by being local, decentralized, distributed, creating meaningful impacts both on educational and training models, as well as on stimulating innovation in local SMEs production models.


 Cosimo Savio, CEO of Savio Firmino

“We should find an Italian way to Industry 4.0, promoting the tailored adaptation of digital technologies to traditional production companies, by empowering workers and artisans to maintain their know-how in design and handcrafts, and by activating generational handover processes that can also be characterised by digital and organisational innovation”


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