99.999% of those reading this discussion would probably answer my title's question with: Artificial Intelligence. I would not necessarily disagree.
AI will surely impact industrial automation. But I was thinking a bit differently. Something along the lines of Augmented or Virtual Reality.
While VR/AR technology will improve automation, it can also aid in the manufacturing assembly process for sophisticated products, as well as improve maintenance, QA, and tech support. The possibilities are amazing.
What do you think?