Christoph Kolumbus and James Cook wanted to explore unknown regions in the world. Their way was long, full of privation and cumbersome. Their discoveries were worth all of it. Both made history.
Breaking new grounds today usually is not that adventurous anymore regarding physical conditions. Still, exploring new horizons is as breathtaking and changes minds and behavior as it always has. Some say regarding theory we are already at the end of the Industry 4.0 era. Anyhow, there is a long way left in most industries in translating theory into praxis. It is not always easy and sometimes the results are not definite when starting. But it will change our way of working and the potential of our processes and the effects on people and the environment. Just check out the potential of predictive maintenance.