The French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr once said, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” which translates to, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
What does this have to do with the industrial internet of things (IIoT)? Clean water and reliable power are two elements of modern civilization that are easy to take for granted. Previous industrial revolutions have transformed what were once luxuries into everyday amenities for billions. Add to that the ubiquity of the internet, and it’s easy to argue that we’re living in the best period of human history.