The relentless advance of global industry is based on unerring progress and continual development. From the beginnings of the industrial revolution, a conveyor belt of new ideas has supplemented the growth of mass production technologies and the ever-increasing drive to manufacture products at unprecedented speed and scale.
The epicentre of modern industry can be traced back to 18th century Britain, where mechanisation of the textile industry quickly led to advancements in water, steam, and coal and the emergence of new industries such as petroleum refining, steel manufacturing, and electrical power.
From the First Industrial Revolution, the timeline continued to move on through the 19th century and into the mid to late 20th century, leading to the second iteration, characterised by further wide-spread electrification, mass-production, AC (alternating current) electricity, and the incipient stages of artificial intelligence (AI), a concept first considered in a paper published by computer scientist Alan Turing.
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