What is it about?

Firstly, the author's modelled the distinctive qualities of digitalised learning and work as envisioned by global development programs such as Industry 4.0 and Society 5.0. Secondly, they identified and organised major competencies required by workers and students to thrive in increasingly digitalised educational and professional environments.

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Why is it important?

This study addresses radical changes in the capacities of computational machines and the new relationships forming between humans and non-human entities in manufacturing environments and beyond. In short, it moves beyond tool metaphors to recognise the increasing intelligence and creative capabilities of globally connected cyber-physical systems.


This study incorporated cutting-edge research from multiple disciplines including technology studies, education, computer engineering and intelligent manufacturing. It is written in non-technical language to address a mixed audience of academics, educators, human resource professionals, and policymakers interested in preparing people for the future of lifetime learning and reskilling.

Dr Todd JB Blayone
University of Ontario Institute of Technology

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This page is a summary of: Prepared for work in Industry 4.0? Modelling the target activity system and five dimensions of worker readiness, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, November 2020, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/0951192x.2020.1836677.
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