This survey aims to collect opinions and views to identify the impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution* on the waste management sector. The results will be published by ISWA and made available to all participants. Since this is the first survey of its kind, we kindly ask participants to take the time to reflect on the questions (this would only take about 10 minutes of your time), as your input will provide the basis for evaluating and identifying the most important challenges the waste management sector is going to face.
As a small thank-you, we will raffle one free entry to the ISWA World Congress 2017 in Baltimore from amongst all participants who complete the questionnaire.
Data protection: The participant agrees that the data is used for further processing and ISWA ensures the data will not be distributed to any third parties.
We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.
The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electric power to create mass production. The Third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now a Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.
Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Drones, Driverless Cars, 3D Printers, Internet of Things and The Revolution of Sensors, Decentralized Energy, DNA Engineering and the Rise of Bio-economy create a new landscape that will reshape manufacturing. It will also reshape waste management and recycling too, redefining the meaning of “waste”, creating new technologies, delivering robotic solutions and driverless collection patterns.